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Mutation Testing with Mutant

Mutation Testing with Mutant

Tests are a good tool to verify your code but how do you verify your tests? Mutation testing is a technique to evaluate the quality of your tests by programmatically mutating (i.e. making a series of small modifications to) your code and ensuring that the tests no longer pass. This talk will attempt to demonstrate the value of mutation testing and show you how to use Mutant to improve the quality of your tests and your code.


Erik Berlin

April 22, 2014

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  11. Code Coverage

  12. twitter.com/bloerwald/status/448415935926255618

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  14. Original def foo(arg = true) arg || fail end assert_nothing_raised

    { foo }
  15. Mutant def foo(arg = true) arg end assert_nothing_raised { foo

  16. twitter.com/kytrinyx/status/453567958317428736

  17. Demo