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Is there any sexier topic in software development than software testing? That is, besides game programming, 3D graphics, audio, high-performance clustering, cool websites, et cetera? Okay, so software testing is low on the list. And that's unfortunate, because good software testing can increase your productivity, improve your designs, raise your quality, ease your maintenance burdens, and help to satisfy your customers, coworkers, and managers.

Perl has a strong history of automated tests. A very early release of Perl 1.0 included a comprehensive test suite, and it's only improved from there. Learning how Perl's test tools work and how to put them together to solve all sorts of previously intractable problems can make you a better programmer in general. Besides, it's easy to use the Perl tools described to handle all sorts of testing problems that you may encounter, even in other languages.

Like all titles in O'Reilly's Developer's Notebook series, this "all lab, no lecture" book skips the boring prose and focuses instead on a series of exercises that speak to you instead of at you.

Perl Testing: A Developer's Notebook will help you dive right in and:

  • Write basic Perl tests with ease and interpret the results

  • Apply special techniques and modules to improve your tests

  • Bundle test suites along with projects

  • Test databases and their data

  • Test websites and web projects

  • Use the "Test Anything Protocol" which tests projects written in languages other than Perl

With today's increased workloads and short development cycles, unit tests are more vital to building robust, high-quality software than ever before. Once mastered, these lessons will help you ensure low-level code correctness, reduce software development cycle time, and ease maintenance burdens.

You don't have to be a die-hard free and open source software developer who lives, breathes, and dreams Perl to use this book. You just have to want to do your job a little bit better.

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Average Rating: 4.5 out of 5 rating Based on 2 Ratings

"Good introduction to testing in Perl" - by fdegir on 25-NOV-2013
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I've been perl coder for number of years and I've never written single line of test code to any of my perl scripts.

I recently involved in a project which required us to create number of components for automation and I was kind of wondering how things would be different if I've written tests for these components.

Then I found this book. I'm happy after reading it. It made me understand how easy to write tests for Perl code using its extensive test libraries.

So, anyone wants to get a kind of crash course, read this book and play with example/lab code, you won't regret it.

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