Checking In on the State of TDD - Great round-up or the current thinking and research! But: Kids these days! “Look at it this way: 19 out of 20 startups fail. That means that odds are that you will never see this code again. You’d be a fool to spend any more time on it than absolutely necessary.” This is the kind of advice that’s fine for failed startups. And maybe even strategic if you’re just looking for a valuations run-up cash-out. But for #20, you’re just building your own legacy trap for you or the company that awaited you. Also, for enterprises, it’s worse: a bank is going to have that code for a decade or more and will be fucked in three to five years if it’s not well tested.
Also, even for the startups you’re just passing that tech debt onto whoever acquired you. “Merry Christmas,” to your new coworkers as you’re sitting in the pool all those TDD-free options bought you, and your new pals are working through the holidays to add some simple code ther should have only taken 15 minutes…if only there was a way to verify that it didn’t break anything.