Before we begin, let us get one thing right, Unit Testing has been around for decades and surprisingly people learn of it quite late, among the last things ! Here is an overview of a serious recruiting basic requirement.

What is Unit Testing ?

  • unit testing is a test
  • define a basic block / unit and test
  • the outcome is passed or fail

forms part of Test Driven Development

Origin

David J. Panzl in 1976 described testing tools as those of unit testing suites

Sample – python with integrated module

import unittest

def add_one(x):
    return x + 1

class MyTest(unittest.TestCase):
    def test(self):
        self.assertEqual(add_one(3), 4) 

now if 4 is not returned well your test failed

Pros

  • Modularisation : Find the gears of your software. Knowing which part works helps with customisations and tuning. This point runs into many other points.
  • Detection : Find problems before they occur on main run

However

  • does not catch system-level errors
  • some blocks cannot be unit tested
  • too many and that method is redundent
  • book keeping – say welcome to your new clerk : the change and test doc writer
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