Lesson Wednesday

In the next few lessons, we'll walk through constructing a more complex application together using test-driven development.

We'll build a to do list application with basic functionality to record Items with a description. We'll continue working on this program throughout the course as we explore more advanced topics.

To Do List Project Setup

Create a ToDoList.Solution parent directory with the following project structure:

├── ToDoList
│   ├── Models
│   │   └── Item.cs
│   └── ToDoList.csproj
└── ToDoList.Tests
    ├── ModelTests
    │   └── ItemTests.cs
    └── ToDoList.Tests.csproj

Then add all required code to the .csproj files and run $ dotnet restore.

Keep in mind that your .csproj should only include an OutputType if you have a Program.cs file with a Main method. Attempting to compile your project to test your classes before creating the user interface will throw an error, if you accidentally include an OutputType, and it might not be clear from the error message what the issue is. Similarly, you must remember to add the OutputType before attempting to run your project with a user interface!

Test File

Let's add boilerplate code to our test file:

using Microsoft.VisualStudio.TestTools.UnitTesting;
using ToDoList.Models;

namespace ToDoList.Tests
  public class ItemTests

    // Test methods will go here.


Item Class

Let's also add boilerplate code to our Item class:

namespace ToDoList.Models
  public class Item

    // properties, methods, etc. will go here.


Notice we use the ToDoList.Models namespace here.

Now that our project structure, configuration files, packages, and boilerplate code is in place, we can begin developing our To Do List in the next lesson.

Lesson 13 of 20
Last updated April 14, 2022