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To mock or not to mock? That is the question.

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 4:45 PM

To mock or not to mock? That is the question.

Hi everyone,

A few weeks ago we have announced that we would like to start a series of debates around some famous disputes in the software industry. 

The first debate would be about mocking when unit testing - should we use mocks intensively, or should we use them only in rare occasions, and instead, use in-memory databases, filesystems, etc.?

I (Itzik Saban) will talk in favor of mocks, and Igal Tabachnick will talk against the intensive use of mocks, if any.

Bios

Itzik Saban

I consider myself as a freak of good software design, with more than 16 years in software development and teams mentoring. 
Specialized in Agile Programming Practices such as Clean-Code, TDD, Refactoring (legacy code), Continuous Integration, OOP and more, I am now trying to spread the word among the software development industry.

Igal Tabachnick

I am a software developer with strong passion for programming and best software development practices. I value clean code, practice TDD and continuous refactoring to remove complexity, reduce bugs and achieve for better design.

A .NET Framework expert with strong background in .NET and Windows internals, as well as strong skills and knowledge in higher-level C# design patterns and methodologies. I have a very big thirst for knowledge and continuous improvement. 

I am passionate about productivity, agile software development practices and methodologies, devops and automation. I contribute to open-source projects, and I frequently speak about various topics at local and international conferences.

I am currently on a break from .NET to explore the "other side" - JVM and associated technologies.

Agenda

17:45 - 18:00 Gathering

18:00 - 18:45 "Why mocks should be used" by Itzik Saban

18:45 - 19:00 Break

19:00 - 20:00 "Why mocks should be rarely used (if any)" by Igal Tabachnick.

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