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Archive for the ‘Agile’ Category

Some links on DUnit, JUnit and NUnit XSD specifications of their XML formats (JUnit is actually Ant XML)

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/04/02

For my link archive:


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Some Delphi unit testing notes

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/03/21

A few notes I wrote down when coaching a team to write better unit tests and test tooling form themselves.

  • unit tests test a unit of code
  • integrating tests test multiple units of code, which can go as far as having external dependencies
  • mocks simulate depencencies
  • unit tests are being executed by a unit test runner
  • you can group tests into test suites, which can contain other suites, and determine order of tests (which can be important for integration tests).
  • unit tests and suites register them to be eligible for running (a test without an encompassing suite presents itself as a suit with one test)
  • the runner optionally has a mechanism to filter the eligible suites and tests down to the ones actually being run


In the particular case for this team, testing was mostly done using DUnit for Delphi.

Here, these are worth mentioning:

  • The configuration is not limited to the GuiTestRunner: any DUnit based test runner can use it (though the default console TextTestRunner¬†skips it, but¬†and shows how it can be used).
    • It comes down to either Suite.LoadConfiguration(IniFileName, UseRegistry, True)¬†or RegisteredTests.LoadConfiguration(IniFileName, UseRegistry, True)¬†where
      • IniFileName¬†contains the INI filename, for instance from ExtractFilePath(ParamStr(0)) + 'dunit.ini'¬†or from a ParamStr¬†parameter on the command-line.
      • UseRegistry usually is False
  • If you want to disable all exceptions for easier debugging, but still want to catch failures, then you can enable Break on Failures¬†(see screenshot below) so breaking tests will throw an EBreakingTestFailure.
  • Registration
    • Per test or per suite
    • You do not need a ITestSuite implementing class in order to register a suite (just pass a SuitePath¬†when registering multiple tests)
    • Basically the only reasons for having a ITestSuite implementing class (like descending from TTestSuite) are
      • to have a specific SetUp or TearDown for that suite level
      • to allow \¬†backslash or /¬†forward slash in test suite names (which is unwise because a lot of tooling sees those as suite hierarchy separators)
    • function TestSuite(AName: string; const Tests: array of ITest): ITestSuite;
    • procedure RegisterTest(SuitePath: string; test: ITest); overload;
    • procedure RegisterTest(test: ITest); overload;
    • procedure RegisterTests(SuitePath: string; const Tests: array of ITest); overload;
    • procedure RegisterTests(const Tests: array of ITest); overload;
    • function RegisteredTests: ITestSuite;
  • Configuration is exclusion based
    • procedure TTestSuite.LoadConfiguration(const iniFile: TCustomIniFile; const section: string);
    • procedure TTestSuite.SaveConfiguration(const iniFile: TCustomIniFile; const section: string);
    • The configuration file default name is DUnit.ini
    • The DUnit.ini¬†file will be saved after the GUI tests are run (overwriting any changes) when the Auto Save Configuration is enabled (which is the default)
    • All tests are configured in
      • sections
        • named (of course inside []¬†brackets) as Tests.TestPath, where TestPath¬†either
          • is the name of the test class
          • is a . period separated path of suites ending in an test class
        • values having keys named either
          • the test method with a value 0¬†to disable the test
          • a test method followed by .RunCount¬†with an integer value indicating how often that test needs to be executed
        • note that¬†with either TestName=1¬†or¬†TestName.RunCount=1¬†will disappear from the ini file because those are default values
      • There are no values to indicate tests need to be run (so by default registered tests eligible to be run are being run)
    • An example file (without .RunCount¬†) is at¬†[WayBack] delphidicontainer/dunit.ini at master ¬∑ danieleteti/delphidicontainer ¬∑ GitHub
    • You can add comments to INI files using a semi colon at the start of the line; see¬†[WayBack] Do standard windows .ini files allow comments? – Stack Overflow

Registration and exclusion are two separate concerns.

To configure non-GUI tests, first run the GUI tester, configure it, then copy the resulting DUnit.ini file to the environment where the non-GUI tests are being run.

Be sure to check out test decorators, and maybe amend them with dependency injection. Example for apply database setup/teardown to a full suite of tests:¬†[WayBack] How to organize testing of DB in dUnit ‚ÄĒ IT daily blog, news, magazine, technologies

Some resurrected documentation links because not all links from [WayBack] DUnit РXtreme testing for Delphi and [WayBack] DUNIT: An Xtreme testing framework for Delphi programs succeed.


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Technical Leadership in Software Companies

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/01/01

When leading a tech team, the first thing you should do this year is read [WayBack] Technical Leadership in Software Companies.

It helps you learn about what developers want and how they want to be managed.

Quoting the author:

Software developers have to be managed differently than people in other industries because their work is intellectual in nature. I took the audience through ways in which technical leadership can inspire software developers to achieve the extraordinary.


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programming practices – Unwritten rules of rewriting another team member’s code – Software Engineering Stack Exchange

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/12/31

[WayBack]¬†programming practices – Unwritten rules of rewriting another team member’s code – Software Engineering Stack Exchange

Especially the second answer has a nice set of follow-up questions to ask yourself when you are thinking about rewriting someone else’s code.

Some thoughts for the upcoming year (:


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A Case Study in Not Being A Jerk in Open Source¬†– Kevlin Henney – Google+

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/09/28

Comments on [WayBack] A Case Study in Not Being A Jerk in Open Source – Kevlin Henney – Google+:

  • Ever notice that a lot of the people that can make big things happen can also be jerks sometimes? Torvalds, Gates, Ellison, Jobs, McNealy, Musk.
  • Jeroen Wiert Pluimers

    +Kevin Powick yup. Maybe we need to learn to live with it.

    At the current client I explained the teams that sometimes I do stupid things, both in code and in communications, and I expect them to tell me about them, just like I am telling them they do stupid things. Of course making compliments both ways work in a similar fashion.

    We Dutch are accustomed to make compliments, so I am trying to break them out of the “Doe maar gewoon, dat is al gek genoeg”, as they already create very good stuff, but both they and I are convinced together we can take that to a next level.

    Last week I did my first “Jeroen’s demo hour” showing stuff that happened in their development cycle over the last two weeks.

    Somewhere in the first third was “look here: you see artifacts of some re-use by copy actions; it can be dangerous, just look at this obscure unnoticed bug. I need to watch myself, because sometimes I do this too”, and in the final 10 minutes while demoing some C# code – which is new to them – “look at this variable: it has the wrong name because I copy-pasted it, so if you review my code, just let me know how had this is”.

Maybe time to include some code review examples in a conference session topic…

Some ideas at The 10 commandments of navigating code reviews | TechBeacon


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