Testing is Overrated

Posted in Project Management, Testing, Conferences, Development on January 13, 2009

Testing is Overrated

Developer-driven testing is probably the most influential software development technique of the last 10-15 years. There's no question that it has improved the practice of building software. And in a dynamic language like Ruby, it's hard to get by without it. But is it really the best way to find defects? Or is the emphasis on testing and test coverage barking up the wrong tree?

Luke Francl is a developer at Slantwise Design (http://slantwisedesign.com) and sometimes tech writer. Luke is a frequent presenter at the Ruby Users of Minnesota, and has also presented at CodeCon, MinneBar, Ostrava on Rails, and acts_as_conference. He blogs at Rail Spikes (http://railspikes.com) and Just Looking (http://justlooking.recursion.org).

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