23 May '13, 6am

Why do we still question why we write tests? – Smarticus

Maybe it’s not the Why that I’d like to debate, but I sure wish people thought more about the When and the How. I’d say Why as well, but leave that aside for now. I’m currently suffering from a lack of tests in some of my code. I hate it; I hate the feeling of “deploy and pray” and all those negatives that we abolish by writing good, thoughtful tests. I also hate writing a ton of tests and code and then realizing that a fundamental decision was wrong, or that the code is not needed, or we’re going in a different direction, etc. I’ve seen sooo much waste related to an overabundance of tests, duplicated tests, slow running and legacy tests…it can get painful. Maybe I’d like to see more advocacy of spikes, or maybe even just people saying “I wouldn’t write a test in this situation and it’s ok for this reason”. I believe strongly that those situations exist, even though it fee...

Full article: http://smartic.us/2011/05/12/why-do-we-still-question-why...

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