TDD 0 to 60: How to Introduce TDD to Your Team With No Unit Testing Experience

Does your team use Test Driven Development or even unit test at all?  If you’re like a lot of teams I’ve come in contact with, that answer would be a resounding “no”.   I’m not sure what the biggest barrier is for most people, though I think it’s a combination of the following:

  • “There’s barely enough time to write the application code, let alone test code!”
  • “I’m not even sure what kind of test to write.”
  • “We already have QA guys for that!”

There are a lot of things that hold back many teams from it.  Where do you get started?  Let’s address these common questions and show how easy it is to get started with testing and TDD. (more…)

Little Foot Wasn’t A Real Dinosaur!! WHAAA??

Littlefoot Wasn't Really A Brontosaurus!

One of my favorite movies growing up was The Land Before Time. It’s about the adventures of a group of young dinosaur friends who are trying to get to Ever Green Valley so they never have to worry about volcanoes or asteroids or T-Rexes or rush hour traffic ever again. The main character though, was a brave little brontosaurus named Little Foot…or so we thought! It seems that “Brontosaurus” is incorrect. See, the story goes that back in the 1800s, this guy was putting together dinosaur bones, which is kinda like a jigsaw puzzle but with more awesome. He successfully put together the body of an apatosaurus, but put the wrong head on top! When he stepped back to admire the Apatosaurus, he realized it looked like a new species!! “I’ll call this thing a brontosaurus!”, he probably said! Of course, it wasn’t a new species, just misplaced bones, but the lovable, cuddly brontosauruses continue to steal our hearts to this day. Personally, I’ll probably always call them brontosauruses, because I’ll always believe Little Foot was real, just like the Ninja Turtles…

Dream Home Requirement #1: Secret Passageway

A lot of times growing up, there comes a point when you want to design the house you’ll live in when you’re older. So you pull out a sheet of paper and start drawing…and drawing…and drawing.

By the time you’re done you end up with a 3 story house complete with a swimming pool, lazer fence, a guest room for each of your best friends, a movie theater, 10 car garage, helicopter pad, and war-room to keep all of your Batman gear. No matter what my dream home looked like at the time, one thing always was a requirement – a secret passageway.

You’ve seen them before in the movies, you tilt a candlestick and the fireplace spins around, taking you to a room only known to you and a select few. It could be a fireplace, or a bookcase with your favorite book as the trigger, or a rug covering a secret staircase requiring you to sing the chorus of a Rod Stewart song in order for the door to unlock.  No matter how elaborate, you have to admit, secret passages and hidden rooms in general are just plain awesome.

I was talking to one of my friends a few months ago about how realistic it would be to put one of these bad boys in a house. Is it feasible to put a secret doorway in a home that’s already built? Is it something you plan for? Luckily, there are plenty of companies to help you sort it all out and even build and install your own custom or pre-made hideout portal.  What are your wildest hidden room dreams?

Hidden Passageways

Hide A Door

Secret Doorways