Test & Code: Python Software Testing & Engineering

Python, Testing, and Software Engineering

About the show

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.

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Episodes

  • 93: Software Testing, Book Writing, Teaching, Public Speaking, and PyCarolinas - Andy Knight

    October 30th, 2019  |  30 mins 24 secs
    public speaking, pytest, python, software testing, teaching

    Andy Knight is passionate about software testing, and shares his passion through public speaking, writing on automationpanda.com, teaching as an adjunct professor, and now also through writing a book and organizing a new regional Python conference.

  • 92: 9 Steps to Crater Quality & Destroy Customer Satisfaction - Cristian Medina

    October 20th, 2019  |  35 mins 5 secs
    management, sarcasm, software testing

    Cristian Medina wrote an article recently called "Test Engineering Anti-Patterns: Destroy Your Customer Satisfaction and Crater Your Quality By Using These 9 Easy Organizational Practices"
    In this interview, we discuss each point, and the corollary of what you really should do. At least, our perspectives.

  • 91: Python 3.8 - there's a lot more new than most people are talking about

    October 16th, 2019  |  21 mins
    python

    Python 3.8.0 final is live and ready to download. This episode covers what's new, including new language features, standard library changes, and optimizations. Not just the big stuff everyone's already talking about. But also some little things that will make programming Python even more fun and easy.

  • 90: Dynamic Scope Fixtures in pytest 5.2 - Anthony Sottile

    October 11th, 2019  |  33 mins 59 secs
    fixtures, parametrization, pytest, scope

    Dynamic scope fixtures is a new feature released in pytest 5.2. Anthony Sottile, a core pytest developers, joins Brian in discussing not only dynamic scope, but also what scope means, as well as parametrization.

  • 89: Improving Programming Education - Nicholas Tollervey

    September 28th, 2019  |  41 mins 59 secs
    education, programming, python, software development, teaching

    Nicholas Tollervey is working toward better ways of teaching programming. His projects include the Mu Editor, PyperCard, and CodeGrades. Many of us talk about problems with software education. Nicholas is doing something about it.

  • 88: Error Monitoring, Crash Reporting, Performance Monitoring - JD Trask

    September 20th, 2019  |  48 mins 16 secs
    crash reporting, error monitoring, real user monitoring, site reliability

    Tools like error monitoring, crash reporting, and performance monitoring are tools to help you create a better user experience and are fast becoming crucial tools for web development and site reliability. But really what are they? And when do you need them?

  • 87: Paths to Parametrization - from one test to many

    September 11th, 2019  |  19 mins 1 sec
    parametrization, pytest

    Parametrization is the ability to take one test, and send lots of different input datasets into the code under test, and maybe even have different output checks, all within the same test that you developed in the simple test case.

  • 86: Teaching testing best practices with 4 testing maxims - Josh Peak

    September 6th, 2019  |  22 mins 40 secs

    Josh Peak walks us through 4 maxims of developing software tests that help grow your confidence and proficiency at test writing. This is especially helpful for helping bring your team up to your level.

  • 85: Speed Up Test Suites - Niklas Meinzer

    August 26th, 2019  |  26 mins 32 secs
    optimization, pytest, test suite

    In this episode, I talk with Niklas Meinzer about techniques to speed up test suites discussed in a recent article he wrote and how they can apply to just about any project.

  • 84: CircuitPython - Scott Shawcroft

    August 20th, 2019  |  35 mins 51 secs
    adafruit, circuitpython, hardware, python

    Adafruit enables beginners to make amazing hardware/software projects.
    With CircuitPython, these projects can now use Python.
    In this episode, Scott Shawcroft, the project lead, talks about the past, present, and future of CircuitPython, and discusses the focus on the beginner.

  • 83: PyBites Code Challenges behind the scenes - Bob Belderbos

    August 16th, 2019  |  24 mins 3 secs
    django, pytest, python, selenium, web applications

    What's the tech stack behind the PyBites Code Challenges platform?

  • 82: pytest - favorite features since 3.0 - Anthony Sottile

    July 31st, 2019  |  36 mins 35 secs
    pytest

    Anthony Sottile is a pytest core contributor, as well as a maintainer and contributor to
    many other projects.
    In this episode, Anthony shares some of the super cool features of pytest that have
    been added since he started using it.

  • 81: TDD with flit

    July 17th, 2019  |  25 mins 20 secs
    flit, git, pyproject.toml, python, submark, tdd

    TDD is easier with dev tools, editor, and installs working together well.
    This episode discusses editable installs with flit, a good TDD editor layout, test case grouping, batching tests to reduce context switch time, and even utilizing git tags.

  • 80: From Python script to Maintainable Package

    July 4th, 2019  |  21 mins 51 secs
    coverage, flit, pytest, python, tox

    A story about packaging, and flit, tox, pytest, and coverage.
    And an alternate solution to "using the src".

  • 79: Fixing misinformation about software testing

    June 27th, 2019  |  22 mins 38 secs
    misinformation, software testing, tdd

    Some information about software testing is just wrong.
    I'm not talking about opinions. I have lots of opinions and they differ from other peoples opinions. I'm talking about misinformation and old information that is no longer applicable.

  • 78: I don't write tests because ...

    June 19th, 2019  |  30 mins 41 secs
    software testing, tdd

    Roadblocks to writing tests, and what to do about it.