A Question of Code

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Summary

We finally get a testing expert onto the show to set us straight about some of our testing misconceptions.

Show Notes

We're joined this week by testing expert (and long-time friend of the show) Brian Okken. Brian literally wrote the book on testing with Python (Python Testing with pytest) and has a lot of strong opinions about the value of testing and testing methodologies in general. Thankfully he's as friendly as he is smart, and was happy to lead us through the sometimes-murky waters of software testing.

How did Brian first get into testing, and what advice does he have for those of us just getting started with learning to test our code effectively? What makes a good test (and what makes a bad test)? And what simple questions can you ask to immediately improve your testing game? Find out all this and more in this week's well-tested instalment of A Question of Code.

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What is A Question of Code?

A newbie coder and a seasoned veteran discuss the questions that always come up when someone begins learning to code.

Ed is looking at getting a career in programming and has been learning to code for just over a year. During this time he’s been building up a stack of questions that keep coming up from other newbie coders. Luckily, he’s got someone he can ask for help: Tom. Tom’s a seasoned coder, having worked in the industry for a few years now and has all the answers Ed needs, or does he?