We often talk about mocks, even if should use more precise terms like stub, fake and mock. Correct term for these is test double. In this blog post I introduce these different test doubles with code examples.
Unit tests are a powerful and crucial part of programming. But it isn't enough if we want to know better if our code works. Complementing unit tests with service-level/integration and UI/end-to-end tests will make us know that our code really works. The test automation pyramid tells what is the good ratio between different tests.
Refactoring is a key factor to get high code quality. Too often we end up in a situation when refactoring is already too difficult. By refactoring constantly we can avoid that trap and keep our code clean.
Did you know that most of the smelly/bad code is written when code files are created, not gradually upon code updates? I didn't but I found research about it and wrote this blog post. Is it because we think "we will fix this later"?
Anyone who has written unit tests have been fighting with object creations. Some times it is so difficult to create objects used in tests. Test data builders come to rescue! With them I write better tests with less time.
Readability is key point in unit tests. One common antipattern with unit tests are setup methods, because they make unit tests more difficult to read. Here I have written how helper methods can be used instead of setup methods to make unit tests more readable.
Ron Jeffries has said "code never lies, comments sometimes do". What makes comments sometimes lie? Usually the reason is that we don't keep them up to date. In this blog post I have written about few commenting anti-patterns and how to avoid lying comments.