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Test-Driven Development with Python, 2nd Edition by Harry J.W. Percival

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Chapter 5. Saving User Input: Testing the Database

We want to take the to-do item input from the user and send it to the server, so that we can save it somehow and display it back to her later.

As I started writing this chapter, I immediately skipped to what I thought was the right design: multiple models for lists and list items, a bunch of different URLs for adding new lists and items, three new view functions, and about half a dozen new unit tests for all of the above. But I stopped myself. Although I was pretty sure I was smart enough to handle all those problems at once, the point of TDD is to allow you to do one thing at a time, when you need to. So I decided to be deliberately short-sighted, and at any given moment only do what was necessary to get the functional tests a little further.

It’s a demonstration of how TDD can support an iterative style of development—it may not be the quickest route, but you do get there in the end. There’s a neat side benefit, which is that it allows me to introduce new concepts like models, dealing with POST requests, Django template tags, and so on one at a time rather than having to dump them on you all at once.

None of this says that you shouldn’t try to think ahead, and be clever. In the next chapter we’ll use a bit more design and up-front thinking, and show how that fits in with TDD. But for now let’s plough on mindlessly and just do what the tests tell us to.

Wiring Up Our Form to Send a POST Request

At the end of the last chapter, ...

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