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The groundbreaking book Design Driven Testing brings sanity back to the software development process by flipping around the concept of Test Driven Development (TDD)—restoring the concept of using testing to verify a design instead of pretending that unit tests are a replacement for design. Anyone who feels that TDD is “Too Damn Difficult” will appreciate this book.
Design Driven Testing shows that, by combining a forward-thinking development process with cutting-edge automation, testing can be a finely targeted, business-driven, rewarding effort. In other words, you’ll learn how to test smarter, not harder.
Design Driven Testing should appeal to developers, project managers, testers, business analysts, architects—in fact, anyone who builds software that needs to be tested. While equally applicable on both large and small projects, Design Driven Testing is especially helpful to those developers who need to verify their software against formal requirements. Such developers will benefit greatly from the rational and disciplined approach espoused by the authors.
Posted September 26, 2010
For those who couldn't believe that it was possible to have upfront analysis and design in an agile, test driven mindset (acceptance testing included), this book shows exactly how to do it, step by step.
Doug Rosenberg and Matt Stephens introduce us DDT, Design Driven Testing, a broader approach than TDD (that is presented at the beginning of the book to show the differences). I liked very much the Chapters about design-oriented testing, with controller and unit tests, and analysis-oriented testing, that presents customers (generally forgotten tests), business analysts and QA tests.
But the authors really deliver what they promise at the subtitle "Test Smarter, Not Harder" when they present the Controller tests, which cover more functions with fewer tests and when you use a tool that integrates the code and the design. A real example of a real application using a real tool makes things seem more, let me say, real.