Setting up a simple testing project with C#

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  • Moq

    Discontinued Repo for managing Moq 4.x [Moved to: https://github.com/moq/moq]

    In terms of mocking there are several frameworks you can use, but I've mainly relied on Moq and NSubstitute. Within this demo, I'm going to use NSubstitute as I've found it a little easier to use.

  • AutoFixture

    AutoFixture is an open source library for .NET designed to minimize the 'Arrange' phase of your unit tests in order to maximize maintainability. Its primary goal is to allow developers to focus on what is being tested rather than how to setup the test scenario, by making it easier to create object graphs containing test data.

    The next test to talk about, is that if this was a bank, we would have multiple customers, who can hold multiple accounts that we need to calculate the interest for. You could manually construct these objects if you want, but I'm going to use a package called AutoFixture to make life easier.

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  • coverlet

    Cross platform code coverage for .NET

    You might have noticed when you were looking in NuGet, there was a package called coverlet installed into the project:

  • xUnit

    xUnit.net is a free, open source, community-focused unit testing tool for .NET.

    At this point you're going to see a familiar screen asking you to select a project. Here we're looking for a test project. By default, Visual Studio gives you access to 3 different testing frameworks based on your choice of project. These are MSTest, XUnit and NUnit. Ultimately, all 3 of these testing accomplish the same thing, and I've worked with all of them at various points in my career. The difference is mainly in exact syntax and documentation. Although, it's generally considered that MSTest is a little "older" than NUnit or XUnit, so I tend to see it less now. For the purposes of this demo, I'm going to go with NUnit:

  • ReportGenerator

    ReportGenerator converts coverage reports generated by coverlet, OpenCover, dotCover, Visual Studio, NCover, Cobertura, JaCoCo, Clover, gcov or lcov into human readable reports in various formats.

    In order to view the results in a human-readable format, you will need to install the NuGet package Report Generator. Unfortunately, this isn't quite as easy as just installing the NuGet package.

  • NUnit

    NUnit Framework

    At this point you're going to see a familiar screen asking you to select a project. Here we're looking for a test project. By default, Visual Studio gives you access to 3 different testing frameworks based on your choice of project. These are MSTest, XUnit and NUnit. Ultimately, all 3 of these testing accomplish the same thing, and I've worked with all of them at various points in my career. The difference is mainly in exact syntax and documentation. Although, it's generally considered that MSTest is a little "older" than NUnit or XUnit, so I tend to see it less now. For the purposes of this demo, I'm going to go with NUnit:

  • NSubstitute

    A friendly substitute for .NET mocking libraries.

    In terms of mocking there are several frameworks you can use, but I've mainly relied on Moq and NSubstitute. Within this demo, I'm going to use NSubstitute as I've found it a little easier to use.

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