Luke Melia


September 13, 2006

A new term: microtest

I learned the term “microtest” today. It’s a different (better, I think) word for what I’ve been calling unit tests. It describes the style of test you write when you’re doing test-driven development, and runs completely in memory (i.e. no interactions with a file system or database). Seems that the folks at IndustrialLogic have been using it, because I heard it from a fellow who had been coached by them. The only reference I could find online to it is in the this thread.

My question: if a test is NOT a microtest, what is it? An integration test? A macrotest?

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