Test-driven Development in JavaScript Workshop

Test-driven development is one of these practices that seem deceptivly simple, and yet have a profound effect on how you build software and approach problems. Would you like to build quality into software from the very start, write code that is easy to maintain and have confidence to make big changes in your codebase? Have you ever tried TDD before and felt stuck and unproductive? Struggling with fragile and hard-to-maintain tests? Dive into the world of Test-Driven Development with this practical two-day workshop. Upon completion, you will understand the forces that helped shape TDD and experience its benefits first-hand.

    Learn how to

    • Design and build software driven by tests
    • Prevent defects in your code
    • Be confident when refactoring and evolving design
    • Gather quick and early feedback by "listening" to your tests
    • Use test doubles (stubs, mocks and fake objects) to focus your tests
    • Apply best practices of TDD
    • Avoid common pitfalls of unit testing


    • Why and how of TDD - red-green-refactor
    • Introduction to Jest
    • Use unit-tests to capture requirements
    • Types of verification (results, state, interaction)
    • Focusing your tests
    • Control indirect inputs with stubs
    • Verify interactions with mocks
    • Write efficient tests with fake objects (time, http)
    • Improving your code with refactoring
    • Testing UI
    • Testing asynchronous code
    • Dependency injection
    • Ports and Adapters/hexagonal architecture
    • TDD best practices
    • Common unit-testing pitfalls


    This workshop is designed for experienced Web Developers designing, creating and maintaining rich web applications. It will help you build quality into software from the start and bring you up to speed with modern software development practices.


    To get the most out of the workshop, you should have hands-on experience with JavaScript and software design.

    Labs & Exercises

    This workshop is a combination of lectures, discussions and practical exercises.

    Installation Guide

    • Workstations with internet access
    • Git client
    • NodeJS 10
    • Google Chrome (or any other modern browser)
    • Visual Studio Code (or any other text-editor/IDE)

    This is a BYOD (bring your own device) workshop

    Damjan Vujnovic

    The passion for programming and making new discoveries took me from unlocking the secrets of C=64 machine language to all things web. Today, after 20 years of professional experience, the sheer excitement and pride of making a new technologies "work" is still driving me every day.

    I've worked on various domains in different industries (e-government, fixed-odds betting, online gaming, social networks, investment banking) and with different technology stacks. Designed and helped building several scalable, high-throughput, low-latency transaction processing systems. One of the founding fathers of MindMup.

    Today, I'm helping ambitious teams achieve their goals and improve how they build software.

    Regularly giving talks at various meetups and software development conferences.

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