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Typing the Test Suite

A brisk course on writing tests with Jest and TypeScript.
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Platform: Udemy
Video: 1h 53m
Language: English
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What is this?
A quick course for intermediate level developers looking to get started with testing using Jest and TypeScript.
The first section focuses on using Jest with JavaScript and a bit of TDD. The rest of the course uses TypeScript, Jest, with either Node.js or React. It’s 2 hours long and full of content.
We move fast, break things, then write tests to make sure they don’t break again. The technologies used are:
•Jest (v26)
•TypeScript (v4)
•React.js (v17)
•React Testing Library (v11)
Who is this for?
•Developers with some JavaScript/TypeScript, Node.js and React experience who’d like to learn to write tests.
•Highly motivated beginner who likes to jump in the deep end.
Required knowledge
I assume students have basic JavaScript knowledge.
The Node.js section assumes basic Node.js/Express knowledge, and the React section assumes some React knowledge. The testing concepts are largely unrelated to those specific frameworks, so as long as you have some programming experience, you should be fine.
1.0 Introduction
Get everything setup and starting writing some tests with Jest.
•1.1 Installation
•1.2 Your First Test
•1.3 Adding an Assertion
•1.4 Describing and Grouping Tests
•1.5 Feedback Loop with Watch Mode
•1.6 It.each for Concise Tests
2.0 Project: String Calculator
Put the skills learned in section one into practice by completing the String Calculator Kata.
•2.1 The First Test
•2.2 Handling Whitespace
•2.3 Throwing an Error
•2.4 Testing the Error
•2.5 Validating the Test Suite with a Functional Refactor
•2.6 Completing the Functional Refactor
3.0 Matcher Madness
Do a deep dive into the various matchers Jest provides, from toBe and toEqual to the more exotic resolves and rejects matchers.
•3.1 toBe
•3.2 toEqual, not
•3.3 toHaveProperty
•3.4 Resolves matcher for Promises
•3.5 Rejects matcher for Errors
•3.6 toHaveBeenCalled and Mock Functions
•3.7 Waiting with the Done Callback
4.0 TypeScript, Node.js and Jest
We introduce TypeScript and Jest by developing and testing a Node.js API. Note: This section assumes basic knowledge of Node.js and Express.
•4.1 TypeScript and Jest with ts-jest
•4.2 Express Setup
•4.3 The Jest Lifecylce: Before and After Hooks
•4.4 Better Types
•4.5 Adding JWT and a Refactor
•4.6 Authorization Header
•4.7 Testing for Success
•4.8 Testing for Failure
•4.9 Alternative Failed Assertion Syntax
•4.10 Summary
5.0 TypeScript, React and Testing in a DOM Environment
Build a toy React app and see how to use TypeScript and Jest for DOM based testing with Testing Library. Note: this section assumes basisc knowledge of React.
•5.1 Create React App and TypeScript
•5.2 Rendering with Testing Library
•5.3 Testing Library Assertions – getByText
•5.4 useState and Asynchronous Assertions
•5.5 Fetchign Data with useEffect
•5.6 More Async Behavior with findAll
•5.7 Mocking Axios with Jest Mocks
•5.8 Toggling Todos
6.0 Jest Tips and Tricks
Learn some of Jest’s more advanced features. Write your own custom matchers with TypeScript and write more robust, reuseable and (mostly) type-safe mocks.
•6.1 Section Overview
•6.2 Custom Matcher API
•6.3 Implementing the Matcher
•6.4 Typing the Matcher
•6.5 Setting up for Module Mocking
•6.6 Inline Mocks Review
•6.7 The Problem with Inline Mocks
•6.8 Manual Mocks
•6.9 Default Module Data
•6.10 Typing the Mock Module
•6.11 Improving the Spec Types
•6.12 Jest Spies
•6.13 What Next? More Learning Resources
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You will learn

✓ Writing tests with Jest and TypeScript
✓ Testing Nodejs and Express
✓ Testing React with Testing Library
✓ Writing custom matchers and mock modules


• JavaScript and basic TypeScript knowledge
• Basic React and Nodejs knowledge

This course is for

• Intermediate developers looking to brush up on testing
Software Engineer
Lachlan is a full stack software developer, passionate about open source, test driven development, and mentoring. He has been contributing to the Vue.js open source community since 2016 and is the maintainer of Vue Test Utils, the official testing library for Vue.js.
Lachlan has worked with small and large teams, as both a full stack developer as well as a mentor, providing training and guidance on designing greenfield applications, as well as seemlessly and safely transitions existing applications into new, highly dynamic modern web apps.
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Platform: Udemy
Video: 1h 53m
Language: English
Next start: On Demand

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