re: Explain like I'm five: Is Test Driven Development really that used in most of the programming world? VIEW POST


In my experience, I've found that many people and companies conflate and/or confuse TDD with unit testing in general. If someone asks me if I do TDD, I say no and then quickly explain that I'm less interested in when the tests are written - as long as they are written.

I've worked with a few people who always write the tests first. But the vast majority (90%+) tend to write tests during or after their code (or not at all!)

Totally agree. I also think "TDD" is often used to mean "Unit tests". Saying that you never unit tested your code during a job interview sounds a bit like suicide to me. On the other hand, I think no one will think it's a real problem if you code first and then unit test it.

Yeah, I also think that when most companies mention TDD they mean unit testing. In my current job I have practically zero at all to write tests as the main focus of the superiors is to get the most amount of results in the least amount of time possible...

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