Book review: Testable JavaScript

I recently (finally) finished a technical book I’ve been working through since December, Testable JavaScript.

About the book

Most of all I enjoyed the writing style of the book. The author had a very casual tone that made it easier to read than other technical books that I’ve attempted to read, and while that’s less related to the content, writing a technical book that I can stand reading gets an author so many points.

One of the things I liked about the book that I’d also use as the major criticism is that it has a broad range in topics. Topics include: unit tests, integration tests, code complexity, code coverage, event-based programming, debugging, and automation. I categorize all of those as things I’m happy to learn more about, but sometimes the segue was a little shaky. Another downside (for me) – a lot of the testing examples were with YUI, something I don’t use, well, ever.

On testing

Last month, I led Code Retreat with my friend Jearvon and had a good number of JavaScript developers writing their first ever test (yay!).   Anecdotally, I feel like testing is just not as common among JS people, and I’m very interested in seeing testing come up more often JavaScript circles. I suppose the topic could be old hat; people who’ve been writing software for a while at least know that they should be writing tests, even if that’s not in practice. Thoughts? Should there be more education about testing in JS?

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One Response to “Book review: Testable JavaScript”

  1. Machiko Yasuda January 30, 2014 at 1:13 pm #

    yes, more js testing, please. especially for people who are beginners to testing in general, or have only done rspec model/controller testing.

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