Test-Driven Development (TDD) for Android

Video description

2.5 Hours of Video Training

Continuous Delivery (CD) is an agile practice that's had a big impact on how many people think about developing software. It forced us to start thinking that software is only "done" when it is released. With more features reaching the done stage sooner, CD practices have enabled us to get early feedback from users and taught us a lot about testing, monitoring, and automating our delivery along the way. But mobile development has often been left behind. Or has it?

Testing is an important component of CD and shouldn't be taken for granted or ignored, especially when developing mobile applications. The process of setting up a testable environment and writing tests, however, can be a challenge. Implementing unit tests and following principles of test-driven development for mobile apps--whether native or hybrid--is often counterintuitive. To guarantee that each component in your mobile app works properly for the set of inputs you expect, it is important to test each component (or unit) of an architecture independently and to simulate different system states based on the supplied input to the test, while covering exotic cases in the process.


In Test-Driven Development (TDD) for Android, ThoughtWorks Lead Consultant Cassie Shum takes a deep dive into the critical role of TDD in mobile development. This video quickly reviews Continuous Delivery best practices and the role of CD in mobile development. The video then focuses on the role of TDD, showcasing how to use tools for unit testing and UI testing by demonstrating with Android testing frameworks Robolectric and Espresso.

About the Instructor

<Cassie Shum, a Lead Consultant with ThoughtWorks, has been leading and working primarily in a variety of mobile projects and other technologies, including Domain Driven design and Microservices. She has been involved in many different web and mobile applications for the past six years following continuous delivery practices. She is also one of the leaders in the initiative to organize the women’s group in ThoughtWorks, and is also involved in promoting more female speakers in technology.
Twitter: cassiend

Skill Level

  • Intermediate

Learning Objectives

  • Provides an overview of the role of agile development practices and CD in mobile development
  • Shows how to choose the most appropriate framework for your organization and architecture
  • Covers native and hybrid app development and how to choose and implement best tools whether you are building apps for iPhone or Android
  • Walks through real-world examples that illustrate trade-offs architects and developers need to address

Course Requirements

  • Android Studio or IntelliJ
  • Android SDK
  • Java

Who Should Take This Course?

  • Software developers and architects who are interested in applying CD practices to mobile development.
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Product information

  • Title: Test-Driven Development (TDD) for Android
  • Author(s): Cassandra Shum
  • Release date: July 2016
  • Publisher(s): Pearson
  • ISBN: 0134658299