[TIP] testing: why bother?

Michael Foord michael at voidspace.org.uk
Wed Mar 23 09:31:18 PDT 2011

On 23/03/2011 16:10, C. Titus Brown wrote:
> On Wed, Mar 23, 2011 at 03:11:31PM +0000, Michael Foord wrote:
>> On 23/03/2011 15:05, skip at pobox.com wrote:
>>>       Laura>   I think that the most important reason to write tests is so that
>>>       Laura>   they can write them _first_, and the code _later_.  This will
>>>       Laura>   change the way they write code, so that they won't produce these
>>>       Laura>   large, self-contained, too-tightly coupled messes, which just
>>>       Laura>   happen to work, and which are a nightmare to refactor because
>>>       Laura>   they don't decompose nicely.
>>> OTOH, writing tests first is also no guarantee that your code will be
>>> well-structured.<wink>
>> Oh, you obviously haven't heard - TDD is the silver bullet (and Titus is
>> just lazy and ignorant):
> Sheeeeite, you found me out!
> Oh, wait, you're not a parent yet, are you... I look forward to watching
> you become "lazy" and "ignorant" in the near future :)

Well - laziness is a virtue, you just happened to have found a local 
minima with regards to testing. <0.5 wink>


> --titus


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