Questions on the right level and amount of testing

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  • measure on unit tests
  • target levels are not important/helpful
  • great negative metric (i.e.: if there is 0% coverage, we can say for a fact that that code is definitely NOT tested)

Are we testing too much?

  • manual assertions (checking) vs. human (exploratory testing)
  • execution time increase
  • fragile test, we spend more time fixing tests than writing code
  • a lot of tests never fail
  • solutions:
    • intelligent test ordering + partial result feedback
      • based on historic probability of failure
      • coverage analysis of commit impact (take lines changed from diff & correlate past coverage data to unique tests)
      • manually maintain test suites (quick tests, smoke tests, full tests), smoke test can change as different features are being developed, and run them on different schedule
      • related past CITCON session - Josh Ram @ CITCON Australia 2008
      • tools
        • infitest
        • team city or bamboo
        • JTestMe, ProTest

reused test step ordering

  • tests can have overlapping steps, e.g.: scenario of "third attempt to log in with bad password locks account" has lot of overlap between steps
    • => create a graph where the nodes are the steps (e.g.: login with correct_username, wrong_password), and the assertions hang off / are the values of the nodes
    • => faster execution / more effective failfast (TODO: Peter Zsoldos to write it up in more detail