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Test-Driven Development – From Painful to (Near) Zero Friction

I don’t like development friction.  I especially don’t like testing friction.   Over the last several years, my approach to test-driven development and the style of test cases I create has changed drastically in an effort to eliminate testing frication.  To illustrate, I’ve created my first ever screencasts.  In these screencasts, I use TDD to implement a class in RageFeed.  Starting with very coarse, high-friction unit tests, I’ll show you how you can gradually reduce the friction by creating better tests.  Finally, I’ll show you how easy it is to create cle... [More]

Starting smtp4dev Automatically

smtp4dev is a great little tool for testing E-mail sending functionality in your application.  Instead of setting up your own SMTP server and fighting your ISPs restrictions, smtp4dev sits in your system tray and acts like a mock SMTP server, catching instead of relying them on to their destination.  You can then view the messages in the E-mail client of your choice.  Unfortunately, developers have to remember to run smtp4dev before they start testing the application.  If you are building an ASP.NET application, here’s a little trick that you can use to start smtp4dev when ... [More]

Using MVCContrib glue to bring Visual Basic WebForms and C# MVC together

While I’m digging my new job, I’ve found myself in the less-than-desirable situation of having to work with WebForms again.  After working almost exclusively with ASP.NET MVC for the better part of three years, the inadequacies of WebForms seem even more prominent.  While running MVC and WebForms in the same applications is easy enough, we’re facing an added complication: our WebForms application was written in Visual Basic.  While you can’t mix-and-match C# MVC and VB WebForms within the same application directly, you can leverage MVCContrib’s Portable Areas to bring the t... [More]