Nov 6, 2013 · 6:30 PM
Cat Landin: Guilty until proven innocent - why developers suck at testing
Exploring the reasons why you need a Testing Team and why developers are not good at testing. Will give examples of when testing showed its worth and go into detail about her own testing experiences. Will also discuss whether you can ever get rid of QA.
Cat Landin is a test analyst at Virgin Wines and works with a small agile development team.
Chris Oldwood: Database Development Using TDD
The modern day RDBMS is a complex product that offers so much more than just data persistence. The SQL language, with its vendor specific variants such as T-SQL, provides the ability to develop code in various forms to read, transform & write that data efficiently. This code requires constant testing right from its inception through its various incarnations until it is finally retired.
TDD is a technique that promotes writing those tests at the front of the development process, whether that be because you’re writing new code or changing existing code. The knock-on effect of this approach is that your client-based perspective opens your eyes to potential variations in the implementation, and that is where the second ‘D’ in TDD turns from Development into Design. With a solid automated test suite and Continuous Integration under your belt too the world of refactoring opens itself up so that your database design can safely evolve.
This session looks at applying the same principles and disciplines used in other areas of system development to tame the ever increasing complexity that has arisen from the maturity of the RDBMS.
Chris started out as a bedroom coder in the 80s writing assembler on 8-bit micros; these days it’s C++ and C# on Windows in big plush corporate offices. His career has covered both shrink wrapped applications and in-house systems with the past 5 years focusing on grid-based distributed systems in the Finance industry. When not attached to a keyboard and screen he has a wife and four children to entertain, dips his toe in the local swimming pool and provides the commentary for the annual Godmanchester Gala Day Duck Race.