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With one press of a button I can instantly know that *everything* still works, not just the bits I remembered to test.

Everything you remembered

  • to build a test for
  • to maintain a test for
  • to build data to test with
  • to maintain data to test with

Automated testing is definitely a step forward, but it most definitely is not the final step. In most organizations, testing is a fulltime job. I worked in a group of testers for a year, supporting their test tool(s). 25 EE's, many with advanced degrees, and they tested the work of 40 developers. And, this was just the sub-system testing. There was an entire team of 30+ doing regression testing ... for just this sub-system. And, another team of 10-12 doing sub-system testing for another version of this product.

Personally, I think that forcing developers (especially web-app developers) to be the DBA, BA, developer, tester, and training materials writer is a little ... much. :-)

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Please remember that I'm crufty and crochety. All opinions are purely mine and all code is untested, unless otherwise specified.


In reply to Re: Testing: Fun for the family by dragonchild
in thread Testing: Fun for the family by BUU

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