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Putting the D&D In TDD

Workshop scheduled at 1:00-4:00 in Room 2 (Swain)

Are you tired of TDD (test-driven development) workshops that make you do boring things like calculate bowling scores and prime factors or demonstrate how to win at the game of life? If so, this is the session for you! In this TDD workshop we will be building the domain model for EverCraft — a new MMORPG from Blizzards of the Coast. We have lots of story cards prepared covering features from combat to magic, classes to spells, and races to items. Plus, we’ll be defining some of these cards during the session in case you want that +9 knife of ogre slaying or enjoy casting magic missile at the darkness.

This workshop is language agnostic and for all levels of developers. The focus is on TDD and emergent design but pair programming will be covered as well. The only requirement is that you bring a laptop and that you be able to test-drive you code with your language of choice. When you are done you will emerge a better programmer for the experience but there is small chance you will have a craving for Cheetos and Mountain Dew.

Learning Outcomes: Attendees should leave the session feeling more familiar with a Test-Driven Development approach for developing software, what it’s benefits are and how to apply these techniques at their place of employment.

Attendee Skill Level: Attendees should be familiar with the their development language and at least a general understanding of a unit testing framework for that language.

Presented By

George Walters

During the daylight hours, George works as an application developer for Northwoods Consulting Partners. With more than 15 years experience in application development, he has become an advocate for building clean, concise code without sacrificing the user experience. He builds applications in an agile environment using a variety of technologies including Java, Groovy, C#, Objective-C, JavaScript and Ruby. He is also a strong promoter for using Adaptive and Responsive Design in all aspects of web development and pushes the need for developers to become stronger and more affluent in the Web UI stack of technologies.

After dark, well, that’s a different story… Between raising two young kids with his wife, Jen, he enjoys hockey, role playing games, science-fiction, comics and technology. Any spare time is spent putting the last few touches on a new home and freelancing web projects.

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