Linked Questions

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Should you exercise TDD on prototype applications?

I'm developing an iOS app, which is a prototype for a customer. They're expecting it to not be of production standard and are happy for a few rough edges here and there. Since this is my first ...
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8answers
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What is the most effective way to add functionality to unfamiliar, structurally unsound code? [duplicate]

This is probably something everyone has to face during the development sooner or later. You have an existing code written by someone else, and you have to extend it to work under new requirements. ...
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How to approach the understanding, documentation and validation of legacy code [duplicate]

I've been tasked with studying a Python code, which runs on an orchestrator, which schedule the launch of the code in correspondence of some events. The code imports some modules, and it's basically ...
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14answers
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When is it appropriate to not unit test?

I work in a small company as a solo developer. I'm the only developer at the company in fact. I have several (relatively) large projects I've written and maintain regularly, and none of them have ...
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2answers
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Test Driven Development in Research

I spend most of my time analysing data and developing machine learning algorithms with data. As a result, I spend most of my time coding but I never have fixed specifications. Rather, I start with a ...
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11answers
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Is there such a thing as having too many unit tests?

I have been tasked with writing unit tests for an existing application. After finishing my first file, I have 717 lines of test code for 419 lines of original code. Is this ratio going to become ...
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6answers
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What is a normal “functional lines of code” to “test lines of code” ratio?

I'm pretty new to TDD approach and my first experiments say that writing 1 line of functional code means writing about 2-3 lines of testing code. So, in case I'm going to write 1000 LOC, the whole ...
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7answers
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Is it sufficient to use acceptance and integration tests instead of unit test?

Short introduction to this question. I have used now TDD and lately BDD for over one year now. I use techniques like mocking to make writing my tests more efficiently. Lately I have started a ...
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3answers
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How to write tests that make sense for visualization software?

I have a fairly large piece of software which takes certain file types and visualizes them / creates a host of buttons for manipulation of the image plotted. I feel like I'm finding bugs / pieces of ...
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6answers
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How can I write unit tests that simplify feature implementation? [duplicate]

I'm a newbie to working in software development and I read a lot about how cool unit tests are. Now, I've made my first steps into a project where I'm working with a number of equally unexperienced ...
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2answers
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What kind of code would Kent Beck avoid unit testing? [duplicate]

I've been watching a few of the Is TDD Dead? talks on youtube, and one of the things that surprised me is Kent Beck seems to acknowledge that there are just some kinds of programs that aren't worth ...
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3answers
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How to show to management that unit testing is cheaper in the long run than manual testing? [duplicate]

In the company I work for there is a requirement that all the code should be covered by a test of any kind because they want to have as few user reported defects as possible. With this is mind I ...
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6answers
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what kind of functions and/or classes are impossible to unit test and why

Main excuse from the developer for not having a good unit testing is "Code is not designed in a unit testable fashion." I am trying to understand what type of design and code that can't be unit tested....
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1answer
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Rethinking testing strategy

Working on Plone projects our team tries to achieve full test coverage at least for important products. The kind of tests we write are unit tests, functional tests and integration tests. (Also stress-...
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4answers
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When, Where, and How to Unit Test [duplicate]

I'm very familiar with xUnit frameworks and I try to implement unit tests on every project I start. Somewhere along the way, I realize that I'm writing the same tests over and over again, and then I ...

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