Last week, on their way to the Pittsburgh Perl Workshop, Andy can Pete stopped by the RubberyCity PM meeting to talk about Testing in Perl.
Now, I'm no stranger to tests. Handel has a test count of over 11k, and I like to think that I'm doing pretty well for not knowing what I'm doing. If nothing else, tests save me from myself. :-)
One of the slides Andy had was something like "10 things to test other than code". While I knew you could test other things like servers, data, file systems, websites, etc, I've always concentrated on tests related to the dist they're in. It finally clicked for me today at $work.
Once again, I was asked to check a data vs. server thing. Part X has an image assigned, but is the image actually on the servers?
I've done it before, and I have no doubt I'll do it again. So, why not write a test for it as an investment in my future free time? Even if it's not an official test in an official test suite, in an official language, it still exists, and I can still run them on a whim.