re: TDD is Not for Me VIEW POST


Fair enough, as long as you end up at the same spot- resonably bullet-proof code that’s easily debug-able.

I have spent the majority of my career as a “code janitor“ - retroactively adding tests to legacy code that was not built with TDD in mind. In my experience, this is an expensive, slow, short-sighted way to develop. If RGR isn’t for you, that’s totally fine! However, I do agree with Uncle Bob that your tests should cover happy/sad paths.

As the Ba’hai would say - “many lanterns - one light”. As long as we’re all moving towards the same light, I say use the lantern you’re with which you’re comfortable.


Does this apply to both backend and front-end development in your experience?


I would say it does, yes, if for no better reason then it provides documentation for the code which you have written.

That said, I agree with John’s sentiment that TDD can be sometimes be done simply to “make the numbers”. Tests should serve the code base and the developers, not the other way around.

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