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Reconciling twitter threads and manual testing

This weekend on twitter I saw this thread from Alan Page in response to this article about why manual testing is still important. I read both several times, and was left very confused because most of what Alan wrote (as I understood it) didn’t seem to have much relationship to the article (as I understood… Read more

Use it or (you might as well) lose it

This is a lesson highlighted by three interactions the last couple weeks. I was going to title this post “Existence is insufficient”, but I found myself taking an unexpected turn in the last section. Let’s see if it still makes sense. 1. Unit tests existing is insufficient I was talking to someone about the difficulty… Read more

Thoughts from a TDD kata mob

Test Driven Development has been on my mind lately. I’ve heard from time to time that some people don’t consider Test Driven Development to be a testing activity. Lisa Crispin recently said as much in a piece on modeling test automation, and it’s not obvious to me why it shouldn’t be seen that way. Coincidentally,… Read more

All your automated tests should fail

A crucial little caveat to my statement that automated tests aren’t automated if they don’t run automatically: All your automated tests should fail. … at least once, anyway. In the thick of implementing a new feature and coding up a bunch of tests for it, it’s easy to forget to run each one to make sure they’re… Read more

99 character talk: Unautomated automated tests

Some of the testers over at testersio.slack.com were lamenting that it was quiet online today, probably due to some kind of special event that the rest of us weren’t so lucky to join. Some joked that we should have our own online conference without them, and Daniel Shaw had the idea for “99 character talks”,… Read more