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8. Testing Strategies

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Professional developers test their code. But testing is not simply a matter of writing a few unit tests or a few acceptance tests. Writing these tests is a good thing, but it is far from sufficient. What every professional development team needs is a good testing strategy.

In 1989, I was working at Rational on the first release of Rose. Every month or so our QA manager would call a “Bug Hunt” day. Everyone on the team, from programmers to managers to secretaries to database administrators, would sit down with Rose and try to make it fail. Prizes were awarded for various types of bugs. The person who found a crashing bug could ...

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