Preface to the First Edition

To date tests are still the best solution mankind has found to deliver working software. This book is the sum of four years of research and practice in the testing field. The practice comes from my IT consulting background, first at Octo Technology and then at Pivolis; the research comes from my involvement with open source development at night and on weekends.

Since my early programming days in 1982, I’ve been interested in writing tools to help developers write better code and develop more quickly. This interest has led me into domains such as software mentoring and quality improvement. These days, I’m setting up continuous-build platforms and working on development best practices, both of which require strong ...

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