La parole est aux speakers : Paula Čučuk
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When you get lost in API testing
If you are not writing tests yet, you should start. Tests will improve the quality of your code, reduce bugs and probably force you to think more about design and quality. Actually, the hardest thing is to start and figure out which type of tests to write.
So you start researching and you find a lot of different materials and get even more confused.Even when you decide what type of tests to use, it can be hard to decide how to test some specific logic in your app.
Don’t give up! We have some tips we learned along the way that will hopefully make your life easier. In this talk you will hear about different test types and when to use them. We’ll also show some tools for checking quality of your test. See you in Paris! 🙂
Which tools did you try for API testing? What are the important points to consider?
Back when I started writing tests, I actually tried different frameworks like Behat, PhpUnit and PhpSpec. Even though PhpUnit suited me the most, I still believe that the framework choice is not that important, as long your tests are easy to maintain and they make sure that your code works as expected.
When it comes to tools, there are a few tools that check the test quality and suggest possible improvements, and I actually use Code Coverage and Infection (mutation testing) on a daily basis.
All in all, I don’t believe that it’s crucial to pick a certain tool or a framework, you just have to be persistent because writing tests can be confusing at the first glance. Once you master it, development and code maintenance will become easier, but also much faster.
Your company (Locastic) recently won an award for the development of a mobile app that improves reading and learning for people with reading difficulties. Do you think the use of technology to help people is something we can also find in the Open Source community?
Since we do all sorts of business apps, we never know who’s going to stumble upon our office and ask for our services. One of those clients was OmoLab who asked us to build a book reader app that’s optimized for people who suffer from reading difficulties – like dyslexia, for example. It was a really challenging project that had so many small tweaks that eventually made life easier for someone, and that’s actually the bigger prize for our team than the trophy itself.
As you mentioned above, the primary usage of technology should be to help people and that’s why almost every developer at Locastic contributes to the Open Source community through projects, creating bundles, or through consulting. I think biggest benefit that we all can get from Open-Source communities is to learn how to act as good human and return value back to community members. All parts of OS communities were provided by amazing humans who are always willing to help and transfer their knowledge, and we greatly appreciate that!
It looks to us that you’re a rising star speaker! Could you tell us about your journey and what has driven you to share your knowledge as a speaker?
Locastic developers travel a lot, we believe that conferences are the best way to follow the latest software trends, but also to meet new people and spread our network. During these past five years, I attended a lot of conferences and I felt grateful every time I’ve learned new tricks from someone who had more experience than myself.
Now I’m in a stage where I feel ready to transfer my knowledge and experiences to other people and I surely hope that it will be a successful adventure. The great thing about preparing talks is that it encourages you to explore even more about the topic you want to talk about. It’s also an opportunity to hear some feedback on your work and methods that can eventually improve the stuff you do.
All in all, my speaking career is still in early stages since I only spoke at WebSummerCamp in Rovinj, but hopefully the future will bring more opportunities like this one. In the end, let’s be honest – traveling to new places is a nice addition to the speaking career.
Paris was one of my bucket list cities to visit and I’m really excited to meet the French PHP community in October.
|Antonio Peric-Mažar is CEO at Locastic, a digital agency based in Split, Croatia. Its main focus is to build amazing mobile and web applications for their clients, which range from small startups to enterprise companies from all around the world. For the last 10+ years Antonio has dedicated his time to delivering high quality software solutions for his clients and in 2011 he founded Locastic. In 2012 Antonio co-founded SHIFT Conference, the biggest startup/business tech event in South-East Europe. More info: http://2015.shiftsplit.com. Antonio is also focused on sharing his business and development knowledge with Startups and other Entrepreneurs and is a frequent speaker on international conferences. He is a proactive guy that enjoys hosting and attending meetup events, he also thinks that Blockchain development and Esports are the next big thing. 🙂|
|Paula is the lead backend developer at Locastic digital agency, with more than 6 years of experience in creating complex custom apps using PHP. In the last few years she has been working with Symfony, Sylius and API Platform, but she’ll tell you that API platform projects are her favourite, by far.|
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