Weekly Concerns: Test Driven Drama

May 09, 2014 mgroves 0 Comments
Tags: TDD Weekly Concerns Ruby on Rails

Welcome to another "Weekly Concerns". This is a post-a-week series of interesting links, relevant to programming and programmers. You can check out previous Weekly Concerns posts in the archive.

This is a special edition of Weekly Concerns, in that I'm attempting to cover the recent dust up over TDD that was triggered by DHH and responded to by several notable developer pundits. Note that I respect all of the developers in this conversation and I believe they are all making important points, but the way they communicate can be somewhat... abrasive... so make sure your jimmies are secure before you start reading.

Lots of others have weighed in, of course, in blog posts and on Twitter. This type of discussion has been going on since Kent Beck wrote his TDD book; I believe it will continue long into the future. So I guess it's probably a good time to reread Jim Holmes book "Best Practices in Software Engineering and Testing", which is no longer available, but I will reprint in its entirety here (completely from memory, so forgive me if the phrasing isn't quite right):

"Use your brain."

If you have an interesting link that you'd like to see in Weekly Concerns, leave a comment or contact me.

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