February 2013 Archives

Essay: "Just write the God-damn tests, motherfucker!"

(I originally wrote this in a post to qa@perl.org, and I apologise for the profanity in the title, but I felt it is needed in this case.)

So why am I writing this? I used to feel guilty about not being conscious of the distinction between the various scopes of tests, like unit tests vs. integration tests vs. system tests vs. functional tests etc. when I wrote the tests. I just noticed that I need a test here (as a regression test for a bug, or to ="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Test-driven_developmentā€¦

About Shlomi Fish

user-pic An Israeli software developer, essayist, and writer, and an enthusiast of open/free software and cultural works. I've been working with Perl since 1996.