Last Update: 2021 - 03 - 21
accessUnitFork - Unit Test Framework/Utility for Access-VBA
For now this page is mainly a landing page for attendees of my presentations on Software Quality and Automatic Testing. More content will be added in the future.
Access DevCon 2019 - Modern Software Quality
On April 29th 2019 I spoke about Software Quality at Access DevCon 2019
Access/VBA applications have a tainted reputation in the general developer community: poorly designed, badly structured,
hard to maintain, suffering from low code quality. Sure, VBA and the VBE have hardly been updated for 20 years and Access
limits application design options.
What should Access/VBA developers know and adopt despite or because of their outdated toolset to build quality software?
Slides and Video
I also recorded my presentation on video. The recording is available on my YouTube-Channel: Modern Software Quality with VBA and Access.
NADD 2019 - A pragmatic approach to automatic testing in Access and VBA
On September 14th 2019 at the Netherlands Access Developer Day 2019 (NADD) I did a presentation titled "A pragmatic approach to automatic testing in Access and VBA". There I covered the following:
Most developers will already know about Unit Testing, Test Driven Development (TDD), and Integration Testing. While these techniques have become very common in all sorts of software development projects, they are still hardly used by Access developers.
Automatic testing is an invaluable skill for every developer, even in Microsoft Access!
I will tell you why and how to learn it. This will include…
Slides and Video
The slides of the presentation are available for download as
PDF and as Power Point Slideshow.
Unit Testing and Test Driven Developement with VBA and Access
A good introduction in German into Test Driven Development (TDD) and the accessUnit-Framework is the article Testgetriebene Entwicklung mit Access also by André Minhorst.
For beginners in TDD, I recommend Kent Beck´s Test Driven Development: By Example (affiliate link).
Another recommendation for getting started with Test Driven Development and Extreme Programming is Extreme Programming in Practice (affiliate link) by James W. Newkirk and Robert C. Martin (aka: "Uncle Bob").
At Access DevCon 2019 I mentioned and briefly demoed my adaption of the accessUnit-Framework by André Minhorst for Unit Testing and Test Driven Deveopment (TDD) in Access/VBA.
My own adaption of the accessUnit-Framework should not be considered complete nor would I claim it to be ready for production use, yet. However, if you still want to try it and play around with it, it is available for Download: accessUnitFork - 20190424
The newer and slightly enhanced/advanced version shown at NADD2019 is not available for download, yet. - I'll put it here ASAP.
Additional references from the slide decks of both of the presentations
Here is the reading list and the list of reference links from my presentation.
Reading List - Books
• Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship - Robert C. Martin
• Working Effectively with Legacy Code - Michael Feathers
• Test Driven Development: By Example – Kent Beck
• The Art of Readable Code – Dustin Boswell / Trevor Foucher
(Links in this list are Amazon Affiliate Links)
References & Links
• MZ-Tools – Excellent multi purpose developer tool for VBA
• AccUnit – Unit Testing framework for Access/VBA
• RubberduckVBA – Code Inspections, Unit Tests and much more
• accessUnit (original) – Unit Test framework for (and written in!) Access/VBA
• accessUnit(Fork) – My adaption of accessUnit also usable as Add-In
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