Latest Live Episodes
Styled and TestedWed, 22 Oct
Now that we’ve figured out all our weird cross-browser iframe incompatibilities, we’re able to re-enable our CSS tests and fix our page. We forget a few things, but the smoke tests catch them for us. A few improvements later, everything’s working as it should.
Unstylish SafariMon, 20 Oct
Now our “join us” button is showing up without any styles in Safari. It’s just weird. I spend many hours (off camera) working on it... and figure it out! It’s a bug in Safari related to mixed-case IDs. We gradually re-enable our tests and work around the bug.
Well and Truly StumpedWed, 15 Oct
Our latest CSS test is failing in Safari, and I’m at a loss. I hack away at it for a while (mostly off-camera), but it has me well and truly stumped. That happens. I set aside that test for now and move on to the footer instead. We get that working and then run into another Safari error on the “join us” button. What could be wrong?
Quixote: CSS Unit TestingFri, 3 Oct
On the Recorded Live channel, we’ve been working on a proof-of-concept suite of CSS unit tests. The concept’s been proven. Now it’s time to turn that work into a general-purpose open source library: Quixote. I’m conducting a virtual hackathon October 13-16 starting at 10am PDT (GMT-7) to build the library. Join us!
Front-End Frameworks: React (Part II)Fri, 5 Sep
We conclude our look at React, the front-end library from Facebook. In this part, we investigate React’s architecture and design constraints by building a real app. How well does React deal with architectural approaches that it wasn’t designed for? How does it coordinate far-flung components? What about lock-in, complexity, and testing? We answer it all.
Front-End Frameworks: React (Part I)Fri, 1 Aug
React is the hot new library for building user interfaces from Facebook. It boasts an innovative virtual DOM and bucks the trend by eschewing templates. How well does it work for real-world apps? We dive deep with a two-part series. In this first episode, we get React up and running and look at the fundamentals of automation, modularity, and testing.
An in-depth screencast about
I will be using it as *the* goto reference for
any JS development for some time to come.
It has the right number of details that you don’t get by
reading book but only working with exceptional people.
I like the variety of technologies used and the
complete integration of them shown together.
I like seeing *all* aspects of the development:
the dead ends, the surprises, the wins, etc.
Quality is excellent, and I love that I can
download them and not have to stream them.
What is Test-Driven Development?
Who am I?
I’m James Shore. I’ve been building applications using test-driven development and other Agile techniques for over 13 years. I’m a recipient of the Agile Alliance’s Gordon Pask Award for Contributions to Agile Practice and I wrote a book called The Art of Agile Development.
What You Get
This screencast series focuses on rigorous, professional web development. That means test-driven development, of course, and also techniques such as build automation, continuous integration, refactoring, and evolutionary design. We support multiple browsers and platforms, including iOS, and we use Node.js on the server. The testing tools we’re using include NodeUnit, Mocha, expect.js, Karma, and PhantomJS.
All videos are DRM-free, viewable on the web and downloadable, and all source code is included.
The “Live” Channel
The series consists of three main channels. “Recorded Live” episodes are a live recording of an application as it’s developed, with commentary. I edit out dead-ends and time spent in research so each episode is focused and meaningful. Each “Live” episode is about 15 minutes long and comes out twice per week, on Monday and Wednesday.
The application itself is a real-time multi-user drawing application, developed from scratch and continually enhanced in each episode.
In addition to the “Live” episodes, you also get a special “Lessons Learned” or “The Lab” episode every month.
“Lessons Learned” episodes are for people wanting a refresher, a quick reference, or who simply want to catch up. They provide a distilled look at a specific topic, such as automating Lint, testing a Node.js server, or automating cross-browser testing.
“The Lab” is about exploration and experimentation. These episodes examine topics that don’t fit into the other two channels.
I have learned so much more than I expected.
I really enjoy your approach to screencasting and
wish the series wouldn’t end some day.