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Mastering React Test-Driven Development - Second Edition

By : Daniel Irvine
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Mastering React Test-Driven Development - Second Edition

By: Daniel Irvine

Overview of this book

Test-driven development (TDD) is a programming workflow that helps you build your apps by specifying behavior as automated tests. The TDD workflow future-proofs apps so that they can be modified without fear of breaking existing functionality. Another benefit of TDD is that it helps software development teams communicate their intentions more clearly, by way of test specifications. This book teaches you how to apply TDD when building React apps. You’ll create a sample app using the same React libraries and tools that professional React developers use, such as Jest, React Router, Redux, Relay (GraphQL), Cucumber, and Puppeteer. The TDD workflow is supported by various testing techniques and patterns, which are useful even if you’re not following the TDD process. This book covers these techniques by walking you through the creation of a component test framework. You’ll learn automated testing theory which will help you work with any of the test libraries that are in standard usage today, such as React Testing Library. This second edition has been revised with a stronger focus on concise code examples and has been fully updated for React 18. By the end of this TDD book, you’ll be able to use React, Redux, and GraphQL to develop robust web apps.
Table of Contents (26 chapters)
Part 1 – Exploring the TDD Workflow
Part 2 – Building Application Features
Part 3 – Interactivity
Part 4 – Behavior-Driven Development with Cucumber

To get the most out of this book

There are two ways to read this book.

The first is to use it as a reference when you are faced with specific testing challenges. Use the index to find what you’re after and move to that page.

The second, and the one I’d recommend starting with, is to follow the walk-throughs step by step, building your own code base as you go along. The companion GitHub repository has a directory for each chapter (such as Chapter01) and then, within that, three directories:

  • Start, which is the starting point for the chapter, and you should start here if you’re following along.
  • Exercises, which is the point at the end of the chapter where the exercises begin. You should start here if you’re attempting the exercises in each chapter. (Note that not every chapter has exercises.)
  • Complete, which contains completed solutions to all the exercises.

You will need to be at least a little proficient with Git; a basic understanding of the branch, checkout, clone, commit, diff, and merge commands should be sufficient.

Take a look at the file in the GitHub repository for more information and instructions on working with the code base.

If you are using the digital version of this book, we advise you to type the code yourself or access the code from the book’s GitHub repository (a link is available in the next section). Doing so will help you avoid any potential errors related to the copying and pasting of code.