Categories: General Posted by nurih on 1/16/2009 10:25 PM | Comments (0)

It's that time of year again - Code Camp is next week, hosted at Cal State Fullerton.

Many good presenters, many good sessions.

Show up for one day both two, it's free to attend!

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Tags: , , , | Categories: Code Development, Testing, Web Posted by nurih on 1/16/2009 10:25 AM | Comments (0)

Just came back from another great SoCal Code Camp. I had some valuable insights and discussions about TDD and the use of Pex. Thank you attendees!

While developing the presentation for Pex, I ran into a situation where the Pex.Assume() did not seem to work at all:

Consider the function

public List<short> MakeList(short baseNum, short count) 
List<short> result = new List<short>(count); 
for (short i = 1; i <= count; i++) 
result.Add((short)(baseNum * i)); 
return result; 


Pex correctly identifies a potential flaw where the multiplication (baseNum * i) would result in overflow.

Adding a filter

PexAssume.IsTrue(baseNum * count < short.MaxValue); 


Seems like it would do the trick – but it doesn't.

Several rebuilds, clean solution, shake heads and searches for bugs later I found the issue: The predicate provided to PexAssume.IsTrue(predicate) produced an overflow! So when pex explores it would have tripped the condition I was trying to avoid by evaluating the parameters I tried to filter out.

The fix was to rewrite the filter as:


PexAssume.IsTrue(short.MaxValue / count > baseNum); 


Here, the math would not produce an overflow. Combined with PexAssume(count>0) and PexAssume(baseNum>0) my now filters work as (I) expected.


The take home is pretty obvious – ensure the predicate does not throw – but identifying it took a bit of head scratching.