Agile + DevOps West 2019 Concurrent Session - What's That Smell? Tidying Up Our Test Code | TechWell


Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

What's That Smell? Tidying Up Our Test Code

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We are often reminded by those experienced in writing test automation that code is code. The sentiment being conveyed is that test code should be written with the same care and rigor that production code is written with. However, many people who write test code may not have experience writing production code, so it’s not exactly clear what is meant by this sentiment. And even those who write production code find that there are unique design patterns and code smells (implementation that violates core design principles) that are specific to test code in which they are not aware. Given a smelly test automation code base which is littered with several bad coding practices, Angie will walk through each of the smells and discuss why it is considered a violation and demonstrate a cleaner approach. Attendees will learn how to identify code smells within test code, an understanding of why specific approaches are problematic, and how to implement clean coding practices within test automation.

Angie Jones

Angie Jones is a Senior Developer Advocate who specializes in test automation strategies and techniques. She shares her wealth of knowledge by speaking and teaching at software conferences all over the world, as well as writing tutorials and blogs on As a Master Inventor, Angie is known for her innovative and out-of-the-box thinking style which has resulted in more than 25 patented inventions in the US and China. In her spare time, Angie volunteers with Black Girls Code to teach coding workshops to young girls in an effort to attract more women and minorities to tech.