Write Tests Like a Mathematician: Part 2

Ember provides 3 types of tests out of the box:

  • Unit tests
  • Rendering tests (previously known as integration tests)
  • Application tests (previously known as acceptance tests)

Broadly speaking, these tests differ in two aspects:

  • Which parts of your app they check for correctness. Having different types of tests help separate testing concerns.
  • How fast they execute.

Let’s take a look at each type and when you might use one over another.

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Write Tests Like a Mathematician: Part 1

Ember gives you the power to write tests and be productive from day one. You can be confident that your app will be correct today and years from now. A question remains: How should you write tests?

Since tests are a core part of the Ember framework and your development cycle, I will dedicate several blog posts on best practices for writing tests, based on my experience at work and former life as mathematician.

Today, we will cover why testing is important, what tools can help you with testing, and how to run and debug your tests.

Please note that some tools may be readily available for Ember only. However, the best practices that I will mention should be independent of your framework. After all, tests are a universal language, just like math is.

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Our New Pathways App

In December 2016, my club, Central Austin Toastmasters, achieved something that very few clubs in the world get to do. We built our own website, centralaustin.org, so that our members have the right tools to succeed in Toastmasters.

Central Austin Toastmasters is one of the few clubs in the world that has its own website.
Central Austin Toastmasters built its own website so that its members have the right tools to succeed.

Thanks to our website, we are stronger than ever in our 27-year club history.

Here are the awesome members of Central Austin Toastmasters!
Meet Central Austin Toastmasters!

We have 40 awesome members, each dedicated to improve their public speaking and leadership skills.

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We have won 12 awards in the past two years.

As of November 2018, Central Austin Toastmasters stands at #2 out of 186 clubs in Austin and San Antonio.
As of November 2018, Central Austin Toastmasters stands at #2 out of 186 clubs in Austin and San Antonio.

And we currently stand at #2 out of 186 clubs in Austin and San Antonio. This is truly one of the best places you can be for Toastmasters.

We are not going to stop here, though, because there is always room for us to grow. Today, I present to you a club project that will help us evolve in 2019 and 2020: a new Pathways app that I call, Toastmasters Education Tracker (*name subject to change). Let me explain why we need this app, how we are going to make it, and how you can help.

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