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Discussion on: TDD Practicality

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Cooper Riehl • Edited

I love and appreciate this "essay"! I read the whole thing, and I think you and I have similar thoughts on TDD in general. I especially agree with this point:

I've learned that, during initial development, I change how things work a lot. In other words, things stay in the trial or prototype stage for a long time. For these kinds of projects, I'm avoiding writing tests more and more, until I feel like the requirements are more stable.

I am the same way. When I work on my personal projects, I tend to spend way more time reorganizing systems, just because I find it enjoyable. If I forced myself to write tests for every change, I would get way less enjoyment out of my projects, which would defeat the purpose! I program as a hobby because I find it fun, not because I feel the need to create a useful product. That's what programming professionally is for ;)

I do try to force myself to remember TDD principles whenever starting a new project, and I'll often start by writing a few tests for a component. But similar to you, as soon as the tests get in the way of my enjoyment/productivity, I stop forcing myself to write them. In a workplace setting, I would be more hesitant to abandon my TDD approach; but in a hobby setting, the only person I'm trying to please is myself.

Thanks for your response :) if you have a response to this one, I'll happily keep the conversation going!

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Spyros Argalias

Nice yeah, seems like we have similar thoughts indeed :).

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Bertil Muth

One situation where I don't use TDD is when I need to call some framework/library methods, but don't know how to use it yet. I would rather "play around" with the library a bit, until I know how to use it, without writing tests, and then start my own development based on it.

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Spyros Argalias

Good example, thanks :)

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