178: The Five Factors of Automated Software Testing

"There are five practical reasons that we write tests. Whether we realize it or not, our personal testing philosophy is based on how we judge the relative importance of these reasons." - Sarah Mei This episode discusses the factors. Sarah's order: Verify the code is working correctly Prevent future regressions Document the code’s behavior Provide design guidance Support refactoring Brian's order: Verify the code is working correctly Prevent future regressions Support refactoring Provide design guidance Document the code’s behavior The episode includes reasons why I've re-ordered them.

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