Automated Testing of Large Projects with Perl

Andy Lester

Tuesday August 12th 2003 at 7:00pm
College of DuPage Bldg OCC Rm 128cd


Automated testing has received more attention in recent years, especially as one of the cornerstones of XP. Perl's automated testing tools have always been geared towards testing of CPAN modules, but the Perl testing framework is excellent for automating large software projects, too.

Lester discusses real-world strategies of testing large projects, with many code examples. You'll learn to test all code in the project, even if it's not Perl, as well as enforcing coding and documentation standards; how to write a website testing robot with WWW::Mechanize and HTML::Lint; how to test database integrity with Test::DatabaseRow; how to write your own domain-specific Test:: module if the dozens on the CPAN don't suit your purposes.

It's not all about code. You'll also learn the best practices and culture of automated testing, how to get started automating an existing project, and how writing automated tests can help you write better code in less time.

Speaker Bio

Andy Lester has been a professional programmer for seventeen years, and Perl evangelist for a decade. By day, he manages programmers for Follett Library Resources in McHenry, IL. By night, he edits The Perl Review, beats on his CPAN modules, and does technical editing for O'Reilly and other publishers. He has recently named his daughter Quinn "World's Most Adorable Baby."

Getting to the meeting

The next PerlSIG meeting of UniForum Chicago will be from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Tuesday, August 12th, 2003, at the College of DuPage, building OCC - room 128ab.

        College of DuPage
        Building OCC, Rm 128cd
        22nd and Lambert
        Glen Ellyn, IL 60137-6599
Take 355 to Butterfield Rd (Rt 56).
Take Butterfield West to Lambert Rd, then Lambert Rd North to 22nd St.
Turn left and look for Lots 9 or 10 (A or B) on the left side of Fawell Blvd.
Walk south to Building OCC, room 128cd is near the mid north-west corner of the building.

All UniForum Chicago PerlSIG meetings are open to the public free of charge.

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