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Thiago Santos

Another one late for the party here!

I work with TypeScript and I do test private methods. Why?

By our unit testing strategy, we consider the method as the unit of test and we mock anything that it calls. Also, we validate how this methods have been called, how many times, with which parameters, etc.. We do this to isolate each method and so the unit test gives a aimed diagnostic when it breaks.
So, we consider also the private methods as a unit, and we test it. In general it make the tests simpler as possible and help us to make simpler-to-test code.
It helps that in TypeScript we can access private methods by the "indexer" sintax, so, we don't need that much work to call them.