2009 Session: Getting Developers to Write Tests
Friday, 14:15 - 15:05
Developer testing is critical to being able to release quality products, especially if you release every 1-4 weeks as several of Google's products. However, developers are not always open to "wasting" their time writing tests, especially when under pressure to release new features. This talk will discuss how I work with developers at Google to help them understand the benefits of developer testing. I'll share some of the barriers and success stories that I have run into.
After working as a software developer in Denmark, I got the opportunity to move to Novell's American headquater in USA, in 2005. I spent about 7 years developing tools for portal and identity management systems (for Novell and its acquired companies) before moving to California last year to work as a Software Engineer in Test for Google. My main responsibilities are to help developers write quality code and unit tests and to help them release a quality product every two weeks.