You want unit tests? We got unit tests...

07 November 2007

I've still a great deal to say about our DevConnections experience — and will over the next few days — but I'd first like to announce an initiative that we've decided to pursue.

Several customers have come to us at the show to ask a specific question: can they get hold of out unit tests for our user interface controls. I must be admit that we've been asked this in the past but for some reason we've prevaricated about it, I can't really recall why now.

Anyway, that was then, this is now. We've decided to do something about it. As always with this kind of thing there's good news and bad news.

First the good: we're going to release the unit tests to our .NET user interface controls. This will give you the opportunity to see how we test our classes, some hints on how we expected them to be used, and so on.

Now the bad, or more accurately, the not quite as good. Although we have functional tests, we don't have complete unit test coverage over all our UI controls. Some controls, especially the more recent ones, are much better covered than others. We also have to do a little work in making sure that the code is presentable, cleaned up, etc, so we can't release everything all at once, right now.

We also do not want to overload the installer by adding in a whole bunch of unit test code that not every one would want, so I would expect our unit tests to be a separate download.

So, stay tuned. You should be seeing some new downloads pretty soon, and we'll be trickling out the tests for individual product throughout the next year.

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