Do you use the Kent Beck philosophy?

Last updated by Brook Jeynes [SSW] 5 months ago.See history

Kent Beck is the man credited with "rediscovering" the Test Driven Development methodology. It's a great way to ensure your code works as expected and it will allow you to catch errors that occur down the track.

Based on Kent Beck's principles, you should:

  1. Write code as it spews out of your brain
  2. Do lots of small refactoring rather than big architectural rewrites
  3. If you are going to change code, add a test first (aka red-green-refactor)

Tip: Read Michael Feather’s book, "Working Effectively with Legacy Code" for some insights into effective unit testing.

Tip: Don't focus on the percentage of code coverage, focus on whether tests will touch the lines of code you care about.

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