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in thread Does anybody write tests first?

I think about the problem and solution, trying to come up with its governing laws. Sometimes I write math and pseudocode in a notebook.

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Re^4: Does anybody write tests first?
by amarquis (Curate) on Feb 22, 2008 at 17:56 UTC

    Sounds like how I approach a physics problem (physics is a domain where I've much more knowledge than programming): just think about the problem and constraints, and then "just do it."

    I think that you are right, that tests as a design tool are somewhat of a crutch for the inexperienced. But, as far as crutches go, they seem to be a pretty good one. The automated tests you create during design follow through and help you during development, and it gets you thinking about the module user's experience.