Perl Testing: A Developers Notebook: A Developers Notebook by Ian LangworthIs there any sexier topic in software development than software testing? That is, besides game programming, 3D graphics, audio, high-performance clustering, cool websites, et cetera? Okay, so software testing is low on the list. And thats unfortunate, because good software testing can increase your productivity, improve your designs, raise your quality, ease your maintenance burdens, and help to satisfy your customers, coworkers, and managers.
Perl has a strong history of automated tests. A very early release of Perl 1.0 included a comprehensive test suite, and its only improved from there. Learning how Perls test tools work and how to put them together to solve all sorts of previously intractable problems can make you a better programmer in general. Besides, its easy to use the Perl tools described to handle all sorts of testing problems that you may encounter, even in other languages.
Like all titles in OReillys Developers Notebook series, this all lab, no lecture book skips the boring prose and focuses instead on a series of exercises that speak to you instead of at you.
Perl Testing: A Developers Notebook will help you dive right in and: Write basic Perl tests with ease and interpret the results Apply special techniques and modules to improve your tests Bundle test suites along with projects Test databases and their data Test websites and web projects Use the Test Anything Protocol which tests projects written in languages other than Perl
With todays increased workloads and short development cycles, unit tests are more vital to building robust, high-quality software than ever before. Once mastered, these lessons will help you ensure low-level code correctness, reduce software development cycle time, and ease maintenance burdens.
You dont have to be a die-hard free and open source software developer who lives, breathes, and dreams Perl to use this book. You just have to want to do your job a little bit better.
The Basics of Testing with Perl
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From the back cover Can you think of a sexier topic in software development than software testing? Well, besides game programming, 3D graphics, audio, high performance clustering, cool websites Okay, so maybe software testing is low on the list. That's unfortunate because good software testing increases productivity, improves designs, raises quality, eases maintenance burdens, and helps you satisfy customers, coworkers and managers. Overall impressions First off, the main audience for this book seems to be developers who are working with or who will be working with medium to large Perl projects.