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Discussion on: Does TDD slow you down or help you go faster?

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Ahmed Ehab Abdul-Aziz

Yes, initially. But with time the high code coverage and quality leads to lower technical debt and thus leads to much less development time.
I have worked in low quality with no unit tests legacy solutions and I have worked in enterprise software that applied TDD with high code coverage (80%+) and the much lower technical debt led to that in the legacy solution I what to take almost a week to develop what I can develop in an afternoon with TDD.
TDD payoffs in the long run and that's why it only makes sense if the project will be a long term one and not some side project. And for startups developing their MVP, TDD won't make a lot of sense as they need that initial speed boost more than higher maintainability in the long run.

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