Programming in the zone

Much has been written and said about programming in “the zone”. Most articles give you tips on how to get in the zone and keep there. I haven’t found any article though that challenges the usefulness of ‘being in the zone’ (If I have missed some, please let me know). What is the zone? The […]

The test pyramid

The test pyramid is a concept that was developed by Mike Cohn. It states that you should have an appropriate amount of each type of test. In the pyramid he distinguishes different types of tests: Exploratory tests: Performed manually by a tester System tests: Executed by a program or script that automates the UI (also […]

Running SpecFlow Acceptance Tests in parallel on BrowserStack

Automated acceptance tests play a vital role in continuous delivery. Contrary to unit tests though, they’re quite hard to get right. This is not only because end-to-end testing is harder than testing single units, but also because of the way they need to be executed. You need the a fully working version of the application […]

Simple code: a sample app

In my last few posts I have hammered a lot on simplicity in software. In my first post (Simplicity in software) I explained what the difference is between easy and simple code (or hard and complex code). On the basis that introducing frameworks and libraries increases complexity, the following posts then touched on a few […]