Testability and Good Design

Meeting Topic

A while back I came across a video by Michael Feathers (known for his book Working Effectively with Legacy Codeabout how good design and testability go hand-in-hand. Although the video is a few years old, there are still good points to be made. I’d like to spend part of our meeting watching this video and leaving some time afterward to discuss it and share our experiences (good and bad) with projects we’ve encountered.


The meeting will be on Thursday, October 10 at 6pm. (Hop over to the event page for this meeting to RSVP.) As usual we will have food and refreshments. If you have special requests for food (e.g., vegetarian-friendly), please leave a comment below.

We will be in the same location as last month, which is the 3M office building off Pellissippi Parkway. The address is 804 Innovation Drive. As you pull into the parking lot, stay to the right, and park in front of the building.

Important: Our venue requires an list of people in advance that will be attending so that guest badges can be created. Please RSVP by 12:00pm on Thursday so you can get on that list.



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