Saturday, October 3, 2009

NWA DNUG: Jimmy Bogard "Testing the Last Mile with UI Testing"

Main Presentation
Title: Testing the Last Mile with UI Testing
Description: The ASP.NET MVC framework greatly improved the web testability story in .NET, allowing for testing of the various components of MVC including controllers, filters, binders and more.  But testing these components in isolation still doesn't prove that your site works as a whole.  Action methods tested by themselves don't prove that the view shown has the correct information on it, or that links work as expected.  For these types of tests, an end-to-end, browser-based test is needed.  But just as it is difficult to test APIs not designed for testability, views not designed for testability can lead to brittle, difficult to understand tests.  In this session, we'll look at the popular UI testing frameworks, and pros and cons of each.  We'll also look at design for UI testability in our MVC application, and how we can greatly ease our testing burden with design techniques in our views.  Finally, we'll look at UI test design as a whole, and examine how we can develop a complete UI testing strategy that eliminates the difficulty in testing the last mile.

Presenter: Jimmy Bogard is a principal consultant at Headspring Systems. He is an agile software developer with six years of professional development experience. He has delivered solutions from conception to production for many clients. The solutions delivered by Jimmy range from shrink-wrapped products to enterprise e-commerce applications for Fortune 100 customers. He is also a Microsoft Certified Application Developer (MCAD) and is an active member in the .NET community, leading open-source projects, giving technical presentations and facilitating technical book clubs. Currently, Jimmy is the lead developer on the NBehave project, a Behaviour-Driven Development framework for .NET, AutoMapper, a convention-based object-to-object mapper and the facilitator of the Austin Domain-Driven Design Book Club. Jimmy is a member of the ASPInsiders group, and received the "Microsoft Most Valuable Professional" (MVP) award for ASP.NET in 2009.

5:30 PM - 5:45 PM - Welcome and News, Sign-in and Food
5:45 PM - 6:00 PM - Lighting Presentation
6:00 PM - 6:10 PM - Intermission – Presenter switch over
6:10 PM – 7:30 PM – Main Presentation
7:30 PM – 8:00 PM – Closing and Prize give-a-ways

The Jones Center
922 East Emma Avenue
Springdale, AR 72764
Room 226 (Kansas City Room)

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