[TIP] testing: why bother?

C. Titus Brown ctb at msu.edu
Wed Mar 23 09:15:29 PDT 2011

On Wed, Mar 23, 2011 at 11:14:16AM -0500, Kumar McMillan wrote:
> On Wed, Mar 23, 2011 at 10:16 AM, Michael Foord
> <michael at voidspace.org.uk> wrote:
> > TDD isn't really that hard. It does require, impose, a change in thinking
> > (which is why Titus is so suspicious) but the actual process is simple
> > enough.
> >
> > The "Advantages" section of Jonathan Hartley's excellent presentation on TDD
> > provide some good pithy reasons to test (particularly but not solely reasons
> > to do TDD):
> I have tried TDD but it feels more natural for me to commence most
> *new* projects or *hard* problems with a prototyping phase where I
> hack code without any tests just to get it to work.  Afterwards, I
> usually throw away a lot of that code and rewrite/restructure using a
> TDD approach.  For small changes, bug fixes, or easy problems I always
> use TDD.  The prototyping phase is risky but it's faster, easier, and
> less wasteful (for example, you don't have irrelevant tests laying
> around).

"Accumulating technical debt" is a perfectly viable strategy sometimes :).

(At least neither you nor I has deployed mock in production code, Kumar.)

C. Titus Brown, ctb at msu.edu

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