Test & Code is a weekly podcast hosted by Brian Okken.
The show covers a wide array of topics including software engineering, development, testing, Python programming, and many related topics.
When we get into the implementation specifics, that's usually Python, such as Python packaging, tox, pytest, and unittest. However, well over half of the topics are language agnostic, such as data science, DevOps, TDD, public speaking, mentoring, feature testing, NoSQL databases, end to end testing, automation, continuous integration, development methods, Selenium, the testing pyramid, and DevOps.
May 24th, 2020 | 30 mins 45 secs
psf, python software foundation
Ewa Jodlowska, the Python Software Foundation Executive Director, and Christopher Neugebauer, a current board member, discuss what the PSF is and does, what board directors do, and how you can be part of the exciting mission of the PSF.
May 15th, 2020 | 30 mins 2 secs
Technical debt has to be dealt with on a regular basis to have a healthy product and development team. The impacts include emotional drain on engineers and slowing down development and can adversely affect your hiring ability and retention. But really, what is technical debt? Can we measure it? How do we reduce it, and when?
May 8th, 2020 | 45 mins 2 secs
"Code is read much more often than it is written." - Guido van Rossum
This is true for both production code and test code.
David Seddon came up with 6 principles to help us write more readable tests.
We discuss these, as well as more benefits of readable tests.
May 2nd, 2020 | 48 mins 34 secs
pytest, python, software testing, subtest, unittest
Subtests are a way to continue a test function after an assert fails.
Paul Ganssle and Brian Okken discuss what subtests are, why you might want them, and what to watch out for if you use them.
April 25th, 2020 | 24 mins 56 secs
django, pytest, software testing, unittest
Django supports testing out of the box with some cool extensions to unittest. However, many people are using pytest for their Django testing, mostly using the pytest-django plugin.
Adam Parkin, who is known online as CodependentCodr, joins us to talk about migrating an existing Django project from unittest to pytest. Adam tells us just how easy this is.
April 14th, 2020 | 29 mins 34 secs
cd, ci, devops, financial services, tdd, testing
Financial services have their own unique testing development challenges. But they also have lots of the same challenges as many other software projects. Eric Bergemann from Paragon discusses testing, DevOps, CI, and lots of other great testing and development topics.
April 9th, 2020 | 32 mins 1 sec
data processing, data science, pyspark, python
Apache Spark is a unified analytics engine for large-scale data processing.
PySpark blends the powerful Spark big data processing engine with the Python programming language to provide a data analysis platform that can scale up for nearly any task.
March 27th, 2020 | 36 mins 18 secs
hypothesis, property based testing, python
Hypothesis is the Python tool used for property based testing.
Hypothesis claims to combine "human understanding of your problem domain with machine intelligence to improve the quality of your testing process while spending less time writing tests."
Alexander Hultnér introduces us to property based testing in Python with Hypothesis.
March 20th, 2020 | 49 mins 58 secs
pycharm, pytest, software testing
IDEs can help people with automated testing.
In this episode, Paul Everitt and Brian discuss ways IDEs can encourage testing and make it easier for everyone, including beginners. We discuss features that exist and are great, as well as what is missing.
The conversation also includes topics around being welcoming to new contributors for both open source and professional projects.
March 11th, 2020 | 30 mins 13 secs
pytest, software testing, tap
The Test Anything Protocol, or TAP, is a way to record test results in a language agnostic way, predates XML by about 10 years, and is still alive and kicking. Matt is the maintainer of tap.py and pytest-tap, two tools that bring the Test Anything Protocol to Python. In this episode, Matt and I discuss TAP, it's history, his involvement, and some cool use cases for it.
March 4th, 2020 | 47 mins 13 secs
plugins, pytest, python, software testing
pytest is awesome by itself. pytest + plugins is even better.
In this episode, Anthony Sottile and Brian Okken discuss the top 28 pytest plugins.
February 29th, 2020 | 27 mins 17 secs
django, software testing, web frameworks
Django is without a doubt one of the most used web frameworks for Python. Lacey Williams Henschel is a Django consultant and has joined me to talk about Django, the Django community, learning Django, software testing, so much more.
February 27th, 2020 | 41 mins 44 secs
Harry Percival has completed his second book, "Architecture Patterns with Python".
So of course we talk about the book, also known as "Cosmic Python".
We also discuss lots of testing topics, especially related to larger systems and systems involving third party interfaces and APIs.
February 19th, 2020 | 46 mins 16 secs
Application security is best designed into a system from the start. Anthony Shaw is doing something about it by creating an editor plugin that actually helps you write more secure application code while you are coding. We discuss his security plugin, but also application security in general, as well as other security components you need to consider.
February 13th, 2020 | 36 mins 30 secs
Let's say you have a web application and you want to make some changes to improve it.
You may want to A/B test it first to make sure you are really improving things.
But really what is A/B testing?
That's what we'll find out on this episode with Leemay Nassery.
January 30th, 2020 | 16 mins 8 secs
legacy systems, software maintenance
I play a form of group chess that has some interesting analogies to software development and maintenance of existing systems. This episode explains group chess and explores a few of those analogies.