For any non-trivial application created today, software engineers must not only deliver on application features but also include associated unit tests to improve efficiency, to reduce risk when making code changes, and to improve quality by identifying bugs as early as possible. One may think having unit tests to increase code coverage is the goal but that is missing the mark. Software engineers should be focused on delivering unit tests that have meaningful value to support current and future software development. In this session, you will learn several unit test styles, how identify weaknesses in unit tests, and how increase the value of the unit tests you create.
Richard L. Taylor Jr. is a 25 year software development and technology professional living in Huntersville, NC. His experience includes the design and development of small to enterprise class applications. He currently serves as Vice President of Platform and Cloud Engineering at SentryOne.
Richard has a passion for the software development community. He serves as one of the organizers of the Modern Devs Charlotte meetup group and is the founding organizer of the Charlotte Xamarin Developers meetup group. Both groups try to create environments where developers of all skill levels can come together and learn about the latest technologies, tools, and techniques to create software. These groups also provide a venue to network with fellow developers in the community. In addition to serving the local software development community via meetup groups, Richard also speaks at regional, national, and international technology users groups and conferences. His speaking schedule can be found here: http://www.rightincode.com/page/speaking-schedule
As a result of his technical community work, Richard has received the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award in the Visual Studio and Development Technologies category. MVPs make up a global community of over 4,000 technical experts and community leaders across 90 countries and are driven by their passion, community spirit, and quest for knowledge. Richard has also received the Progress (Telerik) Developer Expert designation. DE’s are highly skilled, visible, and elite industry leaders who write, speak, help, and code using Progress (Telerik) products. There are 44 DE’s in 13 different countries who are ambassadors for Progress Products to the tech community.
When not developing software, Richard is focused on spending time with his lovely wife Shondrecca (she gives the best hugs!!) and their five children (Richard III, Ayanna, David, Jonathan, and Stephen).