by shigemk2


97 Things Every Programmer Should Know 83 Testing Is the Engineering Rigior of Software Development

DEVELOPERS LOVE TO USE TORTURED METAPHORS when trying to explain what it is they do to family members, spouses, and other nontechies. We frequently resort to bridge building and other "hard" engineering disciplines.

Testing "hard" things is tough because you have to build them to test them, which discourages speculative building just to see what will happen. But the building process in software is ridiculously cheap.

we now have ammunition against managers who tell us "we don't have time to test."

Testing takes time, just like structural analysis takes time. Both activities ensure the quality of the end product. It's time for software developers to take up the mantle of responsibility for what they produce.