Harnessing pgTAP in the Large

My colleague Peter Eisentraut and I had the opportunity to speak at PGConf NYC 2014. I gave a talk on how we use pgTAP as part of our Postgres test harness to unit test the PostgreSQL function API we provide to the application developers at MeetMe.

You can find the the slides at http://github.com/grzm/2014-pgconf-nyc-harnessing-pgtap.

The audience asked a lot of good questions and I got to meet some great developers. One of the benefits of speaking at a conference is interacting with the attendees and other speakers. Everyone has a different story to tell based on their own experience. It’s a wonderful way to get fresh perspectives on issues that we see in our own work.

As always, a lot of sharp minds turn out for Postgres events, challenging (in a good way!) the ideas I present, which in turn gives me the chance to reevaluate and improve what we do.

We’ll be releasing the test harness as a Ruby gem in the coming days. We’ve found it useful in providing a straightforward way to develop and test our API. There’s a lot of great work being done in the area of database testing and deployment (such as sqitch), and I’m looking forward to feedback.

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