Unit Testing and Integration Testing in real projects
I am yet to find a proper sample on how to do realistic Test Driven Development (TDD) and how to write proper unit tests for complex business applications, that gives you enough confidence to stop doing manual tests anymore. Generally the samples show you how to test a Stack or a LinkedList, which is far simpler than testing a typical N-tier application, especially if you are using Entity Framework or Linq to SQL or some ORM in data access layer, and doing logging, validation, caching, error handling at middle tier. There are many articles, blog posts, video tutorials on how to write unit tests, which I believe are all very good starting points. But all these examples show you basic tests, not good enough to let your QA team go. So, let me try to show you some realistic unit and integration test examples which should help you write tests that gives you confidence and helps you gradually move towards TDD.
I will show you tests done on my open source project Dropthings, which is a Web 2.0 AJAX portal built using jQuery, ASP.NET 3.5, Linq to SQL, Dependency Injection using Unity, caching using Microsoft Enterprise Library, Velocity and so on. Basically all the hot techs you can grasp in one shot. The project is a typical N-tier application where there’s a web layer, a business layer and a data access layer. Writing unit tests, integration tests and load tests for this project was challenging, and thus interesting to share so that you can see how you can implement Unit Testing and Integration Testing in a real project and gradually get into Test Driven Development.
Read this codeproject article of mine to learn how I did Integration Tests and Unit Tests using Behavior Driven Development approach:
Unit Testing and Integration Testing in business applications
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