What is the essence of TDD?

It kinda irritate me when people talk about TDD being write test first before you write code – and simply stop there. I don’t think this sufficiently captures the essence of TDD, and I suspect that in some cases this is simply regurgitation of some textbooks.

To me TDD is also:

  1. Treat unit testing as a first class process in the SDLC
  2. Use unit test as a key quality control mechanism
  3. Design your code and architecture so that it is testable
  4. Treat and maintain test code as first class citizen

What is TDD to you?


About Bernado

Based in Australia, I am a freelance SharePoint and Dynamics CRM developer. I love developing innovative solutions that address business and everyday problems. Feel free to contact me if you think I can help you with your SharePoint or CRM implementation.
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