in reply to Re^2: Needing help on testing
in thread Needing help on testing

"I even know of organizations where design and development of the testing environment begins at the same time as — or even well before — application development."

This is personally how I approach nearly each piece of software I write (whether it be Perl, Python, C, C# etc), and most of my code has 98%+ coverage (with coverage being covered in dozens if not hundreds of different angles).

That said, the vast majority of companies I've worked for or contracted for don't take this approach as it's too costly. Businesses need to get product out the door, so proper Test Driven Development (TDD) adds a massive delay to realizing Return on Investment so it's mostly eschewed for develop it now, hope it works, but if we have to fix a bug later, THEN add tests for that one piece.

It's a sad reality that profits outweigh quality, but that is the world we live in, unfortunately.

Now, if you know of a specific shop that does use TDD by default, please let me know who :)

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Re^4: Needing help on testing
by Your Mother (Bishop) on Oct 31, 2018 at 15:02 UTC
    …it's too costly.

    It’s a false economy though. Maybe not 100% but usually if there is some balance between total coverage TDD and shipping early/often. Like buying something on credit with a large downpayment, you halved, at least, the total cost when the interest is paid off. You, in my view, take the right approach and I expect the hackers who work with you or inherit your code appreciate it. That said, “profit” is not a dirty word. Without profit, there is nothing to bank. Without savings banked, we’re back to toiling in the fields or on the seas and hoping the larder doesn’t turn before the spring.