Brussels / 1 & 2 February 2020


Improving the culture of automated testing in FOSS

In this talk we will explore some of the FOSS specific mentalities and practices that may discourage adoption of comprehensive automated testing, and present advice for promoting and sustaining automated testing in FOSS projects.

Automated testing is on the rise in the FOSS world, but there is still ample room for improvement when it comes to sufficiently comprehensive automated tests. The test suites of many FOSS projects leave a lot to be desired, a result that's often affected by useful FOSS practices that are taken too far. Identifying such practices, like placing excessive trust in code reviews because "given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow", or leaving tests for later in the spirit of "release often, release early", is a first step in having a discussion that will hopefully convince more projects to embrace automated testing, and improve the quality of FOSS overall.


Alexandros Frantzis