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Test Driven Specifications

spiderSeveral years ago, long before the community was actively talking about Test Driven Development, I worked for a short time at a company as a “bug fixer.”  That was my role.  They had hired me because they had some software that was “basically done” but “had some issues.”  It should only take a few weeks.

The first thing they needed me to fix was that the web site was supposed to send out email.  It turns out it was a configuration problem.  But they were so impressed (“the last guy we had in here spent two weeks on that problem and still hadn’t solved the problem.”) that they gave me more and more bugs.

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Why Don’t You Practice Test First Development?

...compile and registrate Csharp dllI would have said “Test Driven Development” but I want to make it clear that what I’m talking about is writing test first, or at least simultaneous to writing the code.  Not sometime after, even if that after is immediately after.

Recently, I’ve been doing some Test First Development presentations and I’m finding a trend that I’d like for you to contribute more information to.  While just about everyone I talk to will say they believe that we should be practicing Test First Development, hardly anyone is actually doing it practicing Test First Development.

So, the question I have to ask is, “Why?”

So, leave me a comment and tell me why you aren’t writing test code first.

SQL WHILE – SQL For Programmers

The IF statement we looked at on Tuesday was pretty tame compared to the WHILE construct.

Actually, the main thing you need to keep in mind is that WHILE is all you have.  There is no such thing as a FOR loop or a DO WHILE loop.  So, you have to force WHILE to do those for you.

The basic syntax of WHILE looks like this:

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