Getting the test names right

Finding good names is one of the challenges of crafting software. You need to find them all the time and for everything: classes, methods, variables, just to name a few. Because of that, the last section of this chapter explains the particularities of naming tests and balances the pros and cons of common approaches and conventions.

Test prefix

What makes a name a good name? To quote Uncle Bob:

"Three things: Readability, readability, and readability!"

He defines this later on as clarity, simplicity, and density of expression, [MART09]. Though this sounds reasonable, it leaves us with the question of how to achieve these qualities when naming our tests.

Before the arrival of annotations in the Java language, it was necessary ...

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