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Nat Pryce has some good ideas about writing test code

Nat Pryce over at Mistaeks I Hav Made has an interesting series on writing test code, starting with Test Data Builders and then enhancing the technique with

This is the kind of stuff that makes me feel good about programming as a craft – the equivalent of having a master carpenter sit down with you and explain how to make a really clean dovetail joint.

Of course, the techniques he describes aren’t just for test code. I enjoy reading and maintaining applications designed with this sort of literate, readable structure.