Truisms and Falsehoods in Test-Driven Development


Program Description:

Test-driven development. You gotta do it. It’s the latest and greatest way to ensure a bug-free software product, with the ability to re-test the entire product at any time. Or should you? Scott Valcourt from the University of New Hampshire computer science Research department will discuss both the benefits, as well as the pitfalls, of test-driven development. You’ll learn how to sort through the hype and focus on the real benefits, while avoiding those aspects of test-driven development that are of little use.


Scott Valcourt

Scott Valcourt is director of IT project management & consulting services in the information technology department at the University of New Hampshire. Additionally, he is an adjunct faculty member in the computer science department and through his work as a former director of the UNH InterOperability Laboratory and Center for Software Systems, he is in contact with technology companies in New Hampshire and around the world, bringing research projects to UNH that benefit graduate and undergraduate students in a variety of technology areas and with several corporate partners involved in the projects. He earned a B.A. in computer science with mathematics emphasis from Saint Anselm College in 1992, a M.S. in computer science from the University of New Hampshire in 1999, and is a Ph.D. candidate in Engineering Systems Design at the University of New Hampshire.

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