Review #1 about the JavaScript Unit Testing Book

Attached below the review of Zubin Wadia (the CEO & Co-Founder of CiviGuard, Inc, CEO & Co-Founder of RedRock IT Solutions, and Chief Technology Officer at ImageWork Technologies) about the “JavaScript Unit Testing” book:

JavaScript Unit Testing

JavaScript Unit Testing Book

A Key Book for Complex Javascript Projects
“Javascript Unit Testing does a phenomenal job covering the Javascript Unit Testing landscape. As Javascript becomes faster and faster within the confines of a Browser, it becomes more likely that complex code will be written with it. It is also natural that larger teams will be writing code for these projects across a variety of modules and separations of concern. All these factors increase the need for disciplined Unit Tests to be written, using some of the most prominent tools available today.

Hazem Saleh sets the book up in the first chapter by emphasizing the WHY around JS unit testing, their purpose in a code-base and how they should be written/designed. If you are a seasoned programmer with a solid unit test writing habit, this chapter is less useful, and you can proceed to the next few chapters. The author also introduces the reader to an appropriate sample application that gives us a canvas on which to apply the fundamentals and variety of Unit Test tools and frameworks in subsequent chapters. The example is a classic weather-oriented one, yet complex enough to put the power and need for JS unit testing into perspective.

Chapters 2-5 walk you through some of the most prominent tools for JS unit testing available today: Jasmine, YUI Test, Q Unit and JSTD. Each one has its own quirks and idiosyncrasies that are competently elaborated upon and applied to the Weather Application sample by the Author. Two other aspects I liked about the book were (1) the Author’s care to include configuration instructions and architecture reviews for frameworks that had some pre-preparation required before you could get into them (2) the progression from some of the lighter-weight frameworks (Jasmin) to the most complex and comprehensive (JSTD). JSTD is a natural capstone chapter for the book given that it has the ability to integrate the other frameworks within its Test Run suite.

All in all, an essential book if you are a good JS developer looking to become great at what you do, and perhaps lead a team in writing orderly and well engineered code on what is the heart of the web today!”

Reference:
http://www.amazon.com/review/R1GNK4NL7XQ524

The book on PacktPub:
http://www.packtpub.com/javascript-unit-testing/book

4 thoughts on “Review #1 about the JavaScript Unit Testing Book

  1. What’s Happening i am new to this, I stumbled upon this I have found It absolutely useful and it has helped me out loads. Great job.

  2. Way cool! Some very valid points! I appreciate you penning this post and
    also the rest of the site is extremely good.

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