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Test-Driven iOS Development with Swift 4 - Third Edition

By : Dr. Dominik Hauser
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Test-Driven iOS Development with Swift 4 - Third Edition

By: Dr. Dominik Hauser

Overview of this book

Test-driven development (TDD) is a proven way to find software bugs early. Writing tests before you code improves the structure and maintainability of your apps. Using TDD, in combination with Swift 4's improved syntax, means there is no longer any excuse for writing bad code. This book will help you understand the process of TDD and how to apply it to your apps written in Swift. Through practical, real-world examples, you’ll learn how to implement TDD in context. You will begin with an overview of the TDD workflow and then delve into unit-testing concepts and code cycles. You will also plan and structure your test-driven iOS app, and write tests to drive the development of view controllers and helper classes. Next, you’ll learn how to write tests for network code and explore how the test-driven approach—in combination with stubs—helps you write network code even before the backend component is finished. Finally, the book will guide you through the next steps to becoming a testing expert by discussing integration tests, Behavior Driven Development (BDD), open source testing frameworks, and UI Tests (introduced in Xcode 9).
Table of Contents (9 chapters)


iOS projects have become bigger and more complex. Many projects have already surpassed desktop applications in their complexity. One important strategy to manage this complexity is through the use of unit tests. By writing tests, a developer can point out the intention of the code and provide a safety net against the introduction of bugs.

By writing tests first (test-driven development), the developer focuses on the problem. This way, they are forced to think about the domain and rephrase a feature request using their own understanding by writing the test. In addition to this, applications are written using TDD only containing code that is necessary to solve the problem.

As a result, the code is clearer, and the developer gains more confidence that the code actually works.

In this book, you will develop an entire iOS app using TDD. You will experience different strategies for writing tests for models, view controller, and networking code.