The name comes from the phrase "Test-Centric Development," a term I use when working with software teams. It describes an approach where pretty much everything a team does has a test of some kind behind it, ranging from micro-tests of the software to more subjective "tests" that help us decide what engineering practices work best for us.
In addition to working with teams and conducting training, the TestCentric group is focused on developing tools and techniques that support that approach to software development. Currently, all the TestCentric tools are Open Source, although there may be commercial versions of some of them in the future.
I'm Charlie Poole and I've worked in software development since the 1970s. In 2001 I came across Extreme Programming and in particular Test-Driven Development. I was involved in the NUnit project beginning around 2002 and still have some involvement today.
Much of the tooling that I'm hoping to create will leverage my own work on NUnit but will hopefully go beyond what has been done before.
TestCentric GUI Runner
NUnit V2 came with a GUI runner in addition to the console runner. Beginning with NUnit 3, no GUI runner is provided. The TestCentric Runner fills that need.
The 1.x releases of the GUI look and work very much like the NUnit V2 GUI. Of course, they support NUnit 3 tests and - using the standard NUnit extension - NUnit V2 tests as well.
Documentation for the TestCentric Runner is available here.
Experimental GUI Runner
A separate Experimental GUI runner is being developed in conjunction with the standard runner. It departs significantly in appearance and function from the version 1 GUI. It will eventually be released as a major upgrade of the TestCentric Runner, version 2.0 or higher.
Currently, the experimental GUI is included in our packages but is considered as pre-alpha software.
TC-Lite Test Framework
TC-Lite is a lightweight test framework in the spirit of NUnitLite, aimed at the creation and execution of fast, independent micro-tests. Tests are self-executing, being incorporated in an executable assembly, and require no additional infrastructure beyond the framework itself.
Work on TC-Lite is ongoing. Documentation for what has been implemented so far is available here.