My tests never failed.

What leprechaun whispered that in your ear? It wasn’t me. I don’t write tests. I have too much development to do. I do enough manual testing of real cases and failure cases and hand off to someone else. That’s the way I’ve worked for 30 years and the craziness I head from the TDD fanatics is, ummm, err, uhh, unconvincing.

I don’t like unit tests. Everywhere I’ve worked testing was a specialization for others with different skills. I was in QA five months at Microsoft for NT and then they made me a developer because I was learning too fast to be mired in QA. I wrote the installer for Cruiser (OS/2 3.0, later Windows NT) instead.

I might do unit tests if there wasn’t so much bullshit that came along with them. I’m not a team guy, I work solo, always have. I wrote and shipped two entire Microsoft products before I’d finished my third year employed in IT. We always had QA. I didn’t hand them garbage, I did enough testing, but unit tests? No thanks.

I’m tired of repeating myself and going in circles with you guys. I wrote this a few days ago. It’s my last word on this shit.

I’m never doing TDD or Agile and my one contact with scrum convinced me it’s dumb as shit.
You’ve probably never had a job in IT where you could concentrate. You have no idea what it’s like. You go from meeting to meeting, you start your day with a status update with some idiot with “master” in his title, you think software is sports, you are totally alien to me.

American Software Developer living in Vietnam. Classical musician (guitar, woodwinds), weightlifter, multilingual, misanthrope • XY

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