In my current job, I’ve heard dismissive talk about testing. Along the lines of “well, that’s cute that you did that, now get back to work”. Work being manual tests to make sure everything works as intended.
Recently I went to a session given by Maarten Balliauw about memory management. In that talk, he mentioned the effect boxing and unboxing has on performance. He also talked about how a lot of strings can affect memory management. This got me thinking on the impact of boxing and unboxing when I format strings. What kind of impact does it have?
A while ago, colleagues and I encountered strange behaviour on our Continuous Integration server: several tests were run twice.
The problem was caused by a test project that was referenced in another test project because of some infrastructure code that was reused. Probably a Visual Studio or ReSharper suggestion of “Would you like to reference ClassX from Project.Y” and somebody just clicked “accept” or maybe even ReSharpers auto resolve all references of pasted code. This caused a test assembly to be loaded twice and thus the tests were discovered twice. Assemblies should not be carelessly referenced.
We solved it by putting all general purpose infrastructure code into a separate assembly that can be safely referenced throughout all the test projects. Case closed.