I’ve been programming for close to a decade, and I’m constantly trying to find ways so to improve my skill set to be able to keep up with the ever-changing landscape of technology. The one area I’ve always wanted to improve in has been testing.
I’ve joked on Twitter about using my
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Over the past couple of months, I’ve been lucky enough to preview the course as the lessons get finished. It’s been really helpful because I’ve been working on a large, complex application, and I’ve been able to apply the things I’m learning immediately in my day-to-day work.
I’ve learned so much from this course already; everything from what tests to write first, how to refactor my tests to make them faster, starting new features with a failing test, and simplifying my tests with factories and states. The most helpful part so far has been learning how to add test coverage for the parts of my app that need to communicate with external services, such as Stripe. At this point, I’m comfortable enough writing tests that I’m actually adding new features to my project test-first, before writing any actual code.
But I’ve also learned about more than just the mechanics of testing. I’ve learned how to evaluate my code and find ways to improve it through refactoring. If you’ve seen Adam’s talk Chasing “Perfect”, imagine that level of detail applied to an entire app. I’ve learned a lot about testing from the course, but I’ve learned just as much about writing well-designed object-oriented code. It’s definitely a course on building applications with TDD, not just a course on testing.
Test-Driven Laravel has been a game changer for me, and I’m looking forward to watching the rest of the lessons as they become available. But I’m even more excited for everyone else to get their hands on the course, so we can all get better at testing as a community.