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What Not To Test

Good Enough

Good Enough

A key concern for any business is ensuring that its products meet the quality levels expected of it. Unfortunately, Quality Assurance takes time and effort, requiring your development staff to spend part of their time on testing, or hiring specialist software testers to ensure the product meets its requirements. The more testing you do, the more expensive it will be, so it is useful to have some guidelines for knowing when you can get off with as little as possible.

The simplest test is a manual inspection of the code’s behaviour and there are some situations where this is appropriate. The most obvious case is throwaway code, such as the one line shell script a developer uses to manipulate some data, or the excel function that calculates VAT on your purchases. Once it is written, and is producing the expected output, it is (more…)

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