[Esug-list] Proposal for Mock Objects at ESUG 2011

Stéphane Ducasse stephane.ducasse at inria.fr
Sat May 28 03:16:49 EDT 2011


+ 1 
Already added to the program draft.
I will publish it soon.

Stef

On May 27, 2011, at 3:28 PM, John O'Keefe wrote:

> Dennis -
> 
> Yes, I would very much like to hear what you've done with Mock Objects.  Niall makes some interesting points in his note about alternatives and I think it would be good to explore these as part of your presentation since they seem to be related to why we haven't seen mocks used more commonly in Smalltalk.
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> On Fri, May 27, 2011 at 12:36 AM, Dennis Schetinin <chaetal at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello!
> 
> I'd like to explore interest to Mock Object in Smalltalk society. I'm currently working on the topic, preparing a paper and presentation targeting at ESUG 2011. 
> 
> I plan to present Mock Objects technique itself and a framework named Mocketry as a tool helping to apply it in practice. Of course I'll provide a small example to illustrate some of the ideas.
> 
> Apparently, Mocks technique is not popular tool among Smalltalkers. It even seems (to me), TDD is not as widely used as it could and should be (despite the fact it was born in Smalltalk). I have been using TDD and Mocks for many years in different projects with Smalltalk and other languages. Sometimes it was hard, sometimes I was even giving it up, but by now I think I have sufficient experience to state that TDD in general and Mock Objects specifically do deserve (at least) more attention by smalltalkers. Yes, Smalltalk is great language and it has great tools. This damps some aspects of the problems TDD and Mocks address, but for sure does not remove them totally. More than that, I can say I was most productive in Smalltalk when I used "classic TDD" and mocks in conjunction.
> 
> 
> So, are other Smalltalkers interested in this topic? Do you think it worth to be presented at the conference? What are the problems you'd like to discuss there?
> 
> TIA
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