When you do any kind of computer work – or really do anything where you have a specific skill – you get asked to do some “family work”. This is usually some family member that needs something done to their computer, or something else, and wants you to do it for them.
In our family, I jumped at the chance to help out my father-in-law. He runs a small business doing appliance repair and needed a way to track the calls he goes on. The app is pretty straightforward:
- A customer entry piece for entering the name, address and phone number of customers he visits (and a way to search for a customer)
- An invoice piece to enter the work he does for a customer
- A basic reporting piece to show a list of the customers that haven’t paid yet
Oftentimes in the course of showing Test Driven Development, we resort to things like the bowling game to show the basic concepts. I thought it would be fun to document the building of the application using TDD since it uses two things that are commonly cited as being very difficult to TDD – WinForms and Databases.
The series will be done ala Ron Jeffries style – all the warts will be exposed. You’ll get to see my mistakes and my successes. And using Test-Driven Development, we’ll hopefully see a good app built in a relatively short amount of time.
As parts get finished in the series, I’ll link to them from the bottom of here. See you soon!