Why Your Test Suite Sucks

Ciaran McNulty (20.Feb.2015 at 16:00, 1 hr )
Talk at PHP UK Conference 2015 (English - UK)

Rating: 5 of 5

Why Your Test Suite Sucks

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Rating: 5 of 5

20.Feb.2015 at 16:54 by Jon Acker (3 comments)

Brilliant talk bringing together problems people have implementing TDD and domain bounderries.

Rating: 5 of 5

20.Feb.2015 at 16:55 by Liam Wiltshire (88 comments) via joind.in Android app

Made some really good points - plenty of food for thought there.

Rating: 5 of 5

20.Feb.2015 at 16:57 by Jamie Lovelock (40 comments)

Brilliant talk.

So much to take away and do.

Rating: 5 of 5

20.Feb.2015 at 16:57 by Anonymous

Brilliant and motivational talk by Ciaran.

Rating: 4 of 5

20.Feb.2015 at 16:58 by Damian Crawford (24 comments)

Excellent talk about domain separation, and not testing 3rd party code:

Well paced and a lot of great tips.

Rating: 5 of 5

20.Feb.2015 at 16:59 by Will Moggridge (2 comments)


Rating: 5 of 5

20.Feb.2015 at 17:12 by Jeremy Quinton (23 comments)

Great talk definitely a few lightbulb moments for me. The only improvement I can suggest is perhaps using one tool for examples e.g. phpunit or phpspec not both. Was a little tricky switching between the two as I'm not familiar with phpspec.

Rating: 5 of 5

20.Feb.2015 at 17:33 by Lars Janssen (16 comments)

Ciaran homed in on a carefully selected few areas that are often misunderstood. Each was clearly explained with examples and I'm sure many people could relate to these scenarios. I had several "oh yeah" moments.

A very well executed talk with great content.

Rating: 4 of 5

20.Feb.2015 at 17:48 by Anonymous


Rating: 5 of 5

20.Feb.2015 at 20:35 by Wojtek Iskra (31 comments)

Very good talk, Ciaran you've said it all!

Rating: 5 of 5

20.Feb.2015 at 22:29 by Gez Page (12 comments)

I think this was the most important talk of the whole conference. Covered some of the serious sticking points that those attempting to break into testing will encounter. I for one will be replaying the slides to hone my testing abilities.

Rating: 4 of 5

20.Feb.2015 at 22:31 by Matthew Marcus (39 comments)

Very nicely paced with some well judged examples of misconceived tests that made sense to this TDD novice. I did end up a bit confused about what the correct way to do an integration test might be, but probably that's the subject matter for a completely different talk...

Rating: 5 of 5

20.Feb.2015 at 22:34 by David Havl (7 comments)

interesting talk, very good pitfall examples with great solutions presented. Even sold me on the whole "write tests first" concept (which may be subjective to persons unique though process as the man behind TDD has acknowledged lately) because it showed it from perspective I understood (I.e.: designing application via writing in test code). Well done!

Rating: 5 of 5

20.Feb.2015 at 23:20 by Chris Levy (58 comments)

This really helped my understanding of the appropriate levels and types of testing to use and why. Loved it.

Rating: 5 of 5

21.Feb.2015 at 14:19 by Ian Jenkins (36 comments)

Talk of the conference for me. Filled in all the gaps I had with TDD. When people have questions about TDD in my workplace I shall be directing them to this talk. The pace was perfect and the delivery clear and concise (despite the throat issues)

Rating: 5 of 5

21.Feb.2015 at 15:40 by Gareth Parmar (10 comments)

Great talk, will be looking over these slides again.

Rating: 5 of 5

21.Feb.2015 at 20:32 by David Ives (21 comments)

Great talk, Ciaran provided some real lightbulb moments for me. I'll definitely be grabbing the slides and keeping them close to hand for future reference - excellent work!

Rating: 5 of 5

21.Feb.2015 at 21:46 by Alessandro Zucca (17 comments)


Rating: 5 of 5

21.Feb.2015 at 22:20 by dvdoug (13 comments)

Agree with the comment above about switching between PHPUnit and PHPSpec being confusing.

But a thought-inspiring talk that I'll probably revisit once the video goes up.

Rating: 5 of 5

22.Feb.2015 at 15:29 by Gordon Skinner (11 comments)

On top of being a strong talk, Ciaran was probably one of the better speakers on the line up.
The delivery of the topic was great and well paced, even despite a poorly voice,

This talk certainly highlighted a few flaws in our own test stack, and served as a good reminder to address these!

Like a couple of commenters have mentioned, I'm not sure why there was a seemingly random bounce between Unit and Spec?
Perhaps Ciaran was looking to avoid accusations of bias?

Rating: 5 of 5

23.Feb.2015 at 10:25 by James Dunmore (84 comments)

Best talk of the conference. Well presented, excellent content, and a few "Eureka moments".

I think switching between 'spec and 'unit might have been confusing for some, so maybe stick with one or the other, or psudeo code in the future?

Well delivered, hope the throat gets better soon!

Rating: 5 of 5

23.Feb.2015 at 11:27 by Edward Yarnold (16 comments)

My biggest value takeaway(s) from the conference came from this talk and revolved around how to test integrations with third party services, and how further abstraction can make your code more testable.

The talk was well paced and delivered in understandable terms.

I know it is hard on the main track but I would've enjoyed a little more 'live demoing' - maybe taking a real life example and writing the specs/solution to that with audience participation. Maybe something that would be suited to a smaller room, though!

Rating: 5 of 5

23.Feb.2015 at 12:39 by Anonymous

One of the best talks of the conference for me. Good pace, well delivered and very thought provoking. More speakers like Ciaran next year please. I didn't think my tests sucked beforehand; now I do!

Rating: 5 of 5

23.Feb.2015 at 16:26 by Anonymous

Great talks with some really good examples on real life challenges. Well presented too.

Rating: 5 of 5

24.Feb.2015 at 10:54 by Modesto Caballero (7 comments)


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