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May 11, 2017 - 1 minute read - CompendiumDev conferences

Slides from OdinStar 2017 Keynote - Real World Automating To Support Testing

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I have added the slides for my OdinStar 2017 keynote to Slideshare.

This 45 minute talk stressed 5 main points:

  • abstract for precision not reuse
  • synchronise effectively
  • automate tactically and strategically
  • automate tasks, processes, flows - not ‘testing’
  • create architecture not frameworks

A good question on the talk was “How do you move from automating tactically to strategically?”

And I think you do it by a process of refactoring, experimentation and seeing what works.

On previous projects we have:

  • compared approaches that we are doing tactically and discussing pros and cons, also risks for the future and limitations
  • gradually refactored code to make it flexible enough to support our needs

I don’t think any of the approaches were - ‘rewrite to better’ they were always: refactor, evolve, adapt.

Books I recommend to support this are:

  • Working Effectively with Legacy Code by Michael Feathers
  • Implementation Patterns by Kent Beck
  • Growing Object Oriented Software Guided By Tests by Steve Freeman, and Nat Price

I also recommend learning how to model well. A modern book on modelling is Domain Driven Design by Eric Evans.