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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Some tools that can be used in Test Driven development

Here we present a list of tools that can be used for carrying out Test Driven Development (TDD). The test driven development is equivalent to the Big upfront designing. The efficiency and the development speed both are improved in this process. Finding mistakes is quite fast and cheap in TDD. The iterations are short and therefore provide a means for frequent feedback. The test suites are up to date and executable and serve as a complete documentation in every sense. The tests are written before the code. Then the code is refactored to produce high quality code.

Tools for TDD are:
• JUnit: this is the java’s unit – testing framework.
• Some commonly used refactoring tools are RefactorIT, IntelliJ IDEA, Eclipse, Emacs and so on.
• HTTPUnit: This is a black box web testing tool and is used for automated web site testing.
• Latka: A java implemented functional testing tool. This tool can be used with JUnit or Tomcat.
• Cactus: A server – side unit testing tool provides a simple framework for unit testing on server side. It also extends on JUnit. The tool provides three types of unit tests i.e., the code logic unit testing, functional unit testing and the integration unit testing.
• Abbot and Jemmy: Tools for GUI testing. The first one keeps a scripted control on actions based on high level semantics. Jemmy is more powerful and provides full support for swing.
• Xmlunit: This tool lets you draw comparisons between 2 xml files.
• Ant: The tool is based up on java and xml. It is completely platform independent.
• Anteater: An Ant based testing framework. It is used for writing tests that check the functionality of web services and web applications.
• Subversion: This one is a replacement for CVS and controls directories in a better way.
• Jmock: The tool uses mock objects that are dummy implementations of the real functionality and are used for checking the behaviour of the code. The non – trivial code cannot be tested in isolation. Unit tests can be used for everything right from simplification of test structure and cleaning up domain code. You should start from testing one feature at a time and rooting out the problems one by one. Carrying out the testing normally without using any mock objects can be hard. Before carrying out the test, you should decide what needs to be verified. Then you must show that it passes the test. Only after this, the mock objects can be added for representing these concepts.


The above mentioned tools are used for writing unit tests in Test Driven development. However, these unit tests are bound to have errors. Also the unit tests are not apt for finding errors resulting because of interactions between different units. The path to success involves keeping things as simple as possible.
The end result of TDD is highly rewarding. The program design is organic and consists of loosely coupled components. All that you think can go wrong should be tested by proceeding in baby steps. One thing to be taken care of is that the unit tests should run at their 100%. Refactoring is not about changing the behaviour of the code. It is about making improvements to the internal code structure. It should be carried out to improve the quality, maintainability and reliability of the code.

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