8.2. Writing maintainable tests

Maintainability is one of the core issues most developers face when writing unit tests. Eventually the tests seem to become harder and harder to maintain and understand, and every little change to the system seems to break one test or another, even if bugs don’t exist. With all pieces of code, time adds a layer of indirection between what you think the code does and what it really does.

This section covers techniques I’ve learned the hard way, writing unit tests with various teams. They include testing only against public contracts, removing duplication in tests, and enforcing test isolation.

8.2.1. Testing private or protected methods

Private or protected methods are usually private for a good reason in the developer’s ...

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