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Ko Ko Naing
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I have found somewhere in the forum that the book does not discuss in detail about a particular testing.... So does it mean that the book tends to be a theoretical book, rather than a practical book? While most of the unit testing books available in the market are practical books, this book comes with a different approach... Interesting!
Thanks a lot for the authors for being here, clearing our doubts...


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Ko Ko Naing
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Here my question related to the book is left out to be answered... Could you please have a look to my questions, Andy and Dave? Thanks....
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Maybe I'm not using this new-fangled UBB system correctly...
What question remains unanswered for you?
I consider the book to be very practical, but also general in scope. It's not theoretical, because this stuff actually works :-) But it's also not as prescriptive as, for example, our CVS book.
It's designed to get you to think, not just to plug the right parameters into the right calls for some tool.
We don't have all the answers (no one does!) so the best we can do is help you ask the right questions.


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Ko Ko Naing
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Originally posted by Andy Hunt:
It's designed to get you to think, not just to plug the right parameters into the right calls for some tool.

It seems like the book helps the readers to improve their analyzing skill, rather than technical skill on testing process... In my opinion, one should possess pretty enough technical skill in order to improve his/her analyzing skill on testing process...
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Originally posted by Ko Ko Naing:
It seems like the book helps the readers to improve their analyzing skill, rather than technical skill on testing process... In my opinion, one should possess pretty enough technical skill in order to improve his/her analyzing skill on testing process...

There are two aspects to testing: knowing how to test, and knowing what to test. The book covers both.
In reality, the how part is easy: JUnit is a pretty trivial piece of code, and the how part is over in a couple of chapters.
The what part is harder: we need to talk about whart can go wrong--the things you need to think about when coding. I don't think it's particularly theoretical. Have a look at the sample chapters and see what you think.
Cheers
Dave


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Ko Ko Naing
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Originally posted by Dave Thomas:
I don't think it's particularly theoretical. Have a look at the sample chapters and see what you think.

I have just skimmed through the sample chapters again and I found out it's really easy to read to read the sample chapters and understand...
The "Pat and Dale" story is really impressive as an example of unit testing... The first chapter is taking the reader into the world of unit testing and it can make the reader to getting interested into unit testing...
I think that chapter-3 is interesting and it's core JUnit... If that chapter can be one of the samples, it will be great to those who are interested in JUnit.... Just my suggestion..
Thanks a lot, Dave....
 
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