Ignore Irrelevant Return Values

This is an installment in my Zero-Friction TDD series. Sometimes, you don’t care about the return value from a particular operation. The simplest example is if you want to check that creating a new instance of a specific type will throw an exception if supplied with wrong parameter values: [ExpectedException(typeof(ArgumentNullException))][TestMethod]public void CreateWithNullTextWillThrow(){    // Fixture setup   …


Microsoft Dynamics Mobile 1.5 Released

If you are wondering about what I’m doing these days, we (the Microsoft Dynamics Mobile Team) just released a new version of Microsoft Dynamics Mobile! And there was much rejoicing 🙂


Anonymous Variables

This post is an installment in my series on Zero-Friction TDD. Often when writing a unit test, the SUT‘s API will force you to create objects that you really don’t care about. As an example, take a look at the signature of this constructor: public Plop(int number, string text) To create an instance of the…


Naming Direct Output Variables

In my series of Zero-Friction TDD tips and tricks, it’s time to look at naming Direct Output variables. [TestMethod]public void DoStuffWillReturnMessage(){    // Fixture setup    string expectedResult = “ploeh”;    MyClass sut = new MyClass();    // Exercise system    string result = sut.DoStuff(expectedResult);    // Verify outcome    Assert.AreEqual<string>(expectedResult, result, “DoStuff”);    // Teardown} As you can see, I use the…


Zero-Friction TDD

Writing good code is difficult. Unit tests are written as code, so a corollary to the first sentence is that writing good unit tests is also difficult. TDD (particularly if you interpret the last D as Design) carries this challenge in abundance, since you ought to be focusing on designing your SUT, but you might…



xUnit.net provides the Assert.Throws method for testing exceptions, instead of the ExpectedException attribute. In his original announcement, James Newkirk explains why this is a much better approach, and I can only agree. However, those of us that for one reason or another use MSTest are currently stuck with the ExpectedException attribute, but I’ve entered a…