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How Long Should Unit Tests Take to Run?

This post was written for the NCrunch blog. You can find the original here. When you first start writing unit tests, all is well and the few tests run in a matter of seconds. After having written hundreds or thousands of tests, running them might take…long. Too long. But when is long too long? How […]

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The Importance Of Tests For Newcomers

I’ve sung the praise of TDD/automated testing many times before, but recently encountered an angle I hadn’t considered yet: the importance of automated tests for onboarding. Automated tests have several benefits: if you’re practicing TDD, it generally drives your design in a good directionit provides a safety net for refactoringit can catch bugsit speeds up […]

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App.Config: Basics and Best Practices

Note: I originally wrote this for SubMain. You can find the original here. In one of my previous posts, I wrote about the .NET build configuration system. I mentioned the app.config file, but didn’t really dive into it. So let’s take a closer look at this file now.¬†When you create a (non-web) .NET Framework application […]

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Declarative Programming In Depth

Editorial note: I originally wrote this for the NDepend blog. You can find the original here. Most people that start programming learn to program in an imperative way. Shortly after, they will probably learn a declarative language too. Many developers go a long way without knowing the difference. Many will probably never know. And they […]

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Advanced Git Commands: Rewriting History

Editorial note: I originally wrote this post for ASPE. You can check out the original here, at their site. When developers use Git, they often use a combination of a graphical user interface and the command line. A GUI has a low barrier to entry, but many of us want to leverage the power that […]

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