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Re: Does anybody write tests first?

by Tabari (Monk)
on Feb 22, 2008 at 10:11 UTC ( #669502=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Does anybody write tests first?

Hello

Although testing is of course very important to ultimately have good quality code, it cannot be used as a substitute for hard thinking. If the system you are going to make is quite complex, there is nothing which beats a phase of meditation to come up with a good architecture.
My advice : take an empty sheet of paper, write nothing at all, and certainly no code, until you have a mental picture of the solution. Only then, try to write down this mental picture, iterate the process so that it becomes clearer.
I have often been suprised how productive a phase of apparently producing nothing at all can be.

Tabari

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Re^2: Does anybody write tests first?
by andreas1234567 (Vicar) on Feb 22, 2008 at 10:35 UTC
    it [testing] cannot be used as a substitute for hard thinking.
    Of course not. On the contrary, testing and thinking go hand in hand. Personally, I think writing tests forces me to think more thoroughly than I otherwise would have.
    --
    Andreas

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