Test Driven Development with C#

The Test-Driven Development in C# course presents a number of modern practices for developing
code based on an iterative and incremental development lifecycle. Agility and predictability are two
qualities often missing from software development. A test-driven approach, in which design is
grown and code delivered incrementally according to functionality or risk, forms the basis of the
construction phase of an iterative and incremental development. The use of unit testing provides
confidence in existing code and supports the ability to refactor code as development unfolds. The course
can be delivered using NUnit, MSTest or XTest as the testing frameworks of choice.

Duration: 2 days

Who is it for: The course is suitable for software developers experienced in C# and familiar with object-oriented
principles and practices. Any previous exposure to NUnit or agile development concepts is
beneficial but not essential.

Layout: The course is intended as a practical course: the best way to appreciate how test-driven
development works and what it feels like is to do it in practice, making sense of the principles it
embodies. In this form the course is based on lecture material, demonstration, discussion and
hands-on labs. However, the course can also be run as a seminar without hands-on labs, which
puts more emphasis on understanding the principles through the demonstrations.


  • Appreciate the benefits of a continuous and iterative approach to design and delivery
  • Recognise the purpose and practice of refactoring in keeping a system supple and adaptable
  • Know how to build up a set of unit tests
  • Understand the consequences of dependency management on testing and code quality and working with mocks using RhinoMock


Agile Development Microprocess

  • Traditional versus agile development processes
  • Iterative and incremental development
  • Informal and continuous design
  • The role of refactoring
  • Refactoring versus other code changes
  • Extreme Programming
  • Test-Driven Development

Testing in Principle

  • Traditional view and reality of testing
  • Driving development through testing
  • Testing early, often and automatically
  • Testing versus debugging
  • White-box versus black-box testing
  • Functional versus operational testing

Basic Unit Testing in Practice

  • Test plans versus test code
  • Use of Debug.Assert
  • Testing at the interface
  • Testing the simplest things first
  • Testing incrementally
  • Testing correctness of failure

Overview of NUnit and MSTest

  • NUnit and the xUnit family
  • Test fixtures and test methods
  • The role of attributes in NUnit’s design
  • Assertion methods
  • Testing correctness of exceptions
  • Defining common fixture code
  • Mocking with RhinoMock and MOQ

Test-Writing Techniques

  • Red, green, refactor
  • None to one to many
  • Faking it
  • Telling the truth
  • Isolated and short tests
  • Refactor common fixture code
  • Declare, prepare, assert
  • Test by method, state or scenario
  • Custom assertions

Common Refactorings

  • Renaming variables, methods, classes and packages
  • Restructuring class hierarchies by extracting interfaces, superclasses and subclasses
  • Partitioning classes by extracting classes and methods
  • Changing private representation

Decoupling Techniques

  • Unmanaged dependencies
  • Test-driven decoupling
  • Layering
  • Reorganising packages
  • Eliminating cyclic dependencies
  • Mock objects
  • Eliminating Singletons, statics and other globals
  • Testing I/O

Enquire about this course

"*" indicates required fields

By submitting this form, you agree to our Privacy Policy.
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.