51: Feature Testing

Episode 51 · October 30th, 2018 · 31 mins 35 secs

About this Episode

Andy Knight joins me in discussing the concept of feature testing.

A feature tests is "a test verifying a service or library as the customer would use it, but within a single process." That was a quote from an article that appeared on the Twitter engineering blog. The article describes a shift away from class tests towards feature tests, the benefits of the shift, and some reactions to it.

Feature tests are similar to something I used to call "functional subcutaneous integration test", but it's a way better name, and I plan to use it more often.

The idea fits well with my testing philosophy. Andy Knight is someone still holding onto the testing pyramid. So I thought it would be fun to ask him to discuss feature testing with me. I think it's a balanced discussion. I hope you enjoy it and learn something.

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