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Continuous Testing with Ruby, Rails, and JavaScript--New from Pragmatic Bookshelf

July 13, 2011

Continuous Testing

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Raleigh, NC—Feedback. We're always telling programmers that you need feedback, with a short feedback gap: the time it takes to get feedback on your decisions, your code, your designs. Well, what if you narrowed the feedback gap to near zero while coding? You'd have continuous testing, a powerful idea that lets you fix bugs while they're still small and fresh.

In Continuous Testing with Ruby, Rails, and JavaScript (Pragmatic Bookshelf, $33.00 print) you'll see how to use a combination of tests, tools, and techniques to immediately detect problems in code, before they spread.

It isn't magic, but a clever combination of tests, tools, and techniques that tells you right away when there's a problem. Not minutes, hours or days from now, but right now, when it's easiest to fix. Spend more of your time writing valuable software, and less time slogging through code line-by-line and second-guessing your decisions.

We'll show you how to set up and run automated tests that check your work continuously as you write code. You'll start with tools such as Autotest and Watchr and see how to use them effectively in a continuous environment.

You'll discover the fundamentals of creating and maintaining a test suite that's fast, informative, reliable, and exhaustive. You'll use powerful techniques such as inline assertions—a much better alternative to debugging or console printing. See how Continuous Testing can improve the quality of your existing tests and ensure that the new tests you write will do the job.

You'll start with examples in Ruby, Rails, and JavaScript, but you'll learn general techniques you can apply to a wide range of languages and frameworks.

By giving you instant feedback about the quality of your code and the quality of your tests, continuous testing creates a visceral feedback loop that you can actually feel as you work. Get this book and start doing Continuous Testing: with Ruby, Rails, and JavaScript today.

Available in epub, mobi, and PDF direct from the publisher and in paperback from fine bookstores worldwide.

Advance Praise
"This has to be one of the books with the highest valuable-content-to-page-count ratio that I have ever read. This is one of those books that makes you want to run to your computer and try it out—you will love it!"
—Fred Daoud, Author, Stripes...and Java Web Development is Fun Again and Getting Started with Apache Click

"I recommend this book to coworkers so they can incorporate the ideas into their daily work."
—Noel Rappin, Senior Consultant, Obtiva, Inc.

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About the Authors

Ben Rady is a passionate and pragmatic software developer. He is the creator of Infinitest, a continuous test runner for Java, and contributes to a number of other projects that benefit the open source community. Presently employed as a Software Engineer at DRW Trading, Ben is focused on development practices that support rapid and regular delivery of well crafted software. You can follow Ben on Twitter at twitter.com/benrady, or at his blog at benrady.com.

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Rod Coffin is a Principal Consultant at Improving Enterprises, which provides training, consulting, and outsourcing services. He has coached and mentored several teams on agile software development and is equally passionate about the organizational and technical sides of effective software development. He is a frequent speaker at software conferences and has written many articles on a range of software development topics including agility, enterprise software development, and semantics.

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Additional Resources
For more information about the book, including: code, errata, discussions, full table of contents, excerpts from the book and more, see the catalog page for Continuous Testing with Ruby, Rails, and JavaScript.

Continuous Testing Continuous Testing
Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf
By Ben Rady, Rod Coffin
Print ISBN: 9781934356708  
Pages: 160
Print Price: $33.00  

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