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The benefit of test driven development is, you *know* your code will work before you ship it. Although, that is contingent upon whether you've written thorough and proper enough tests.
I find a significant portions of the "bugs" I make come from making the wrong assumptions (which can be caused by many things: wrong or unclear documentations, bad communication between the product owner and the dev team, me not checking facts with the right people) etc. Making the wrong assumptions usually means the tests are wrong. So while I write code that passes all tests, I still don't have code that "works".

Don't get me wrong. I do see value in tests. But I've been programming for way too long to see the silver bullet in anything. Only for trivial code will "passes all tests" mean "the code is bugfree". A test suite is just a tool. Just like use strict and use warnings. They're all just modest tools in writing code.


In reply to Re^2: Testing IS Development by JavaFan
in thread Testing IS Development by sundialsvc4

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