tjg at craigelachie.org
Wed Apr 23 19:42:59 CEST 2003
On Wednesday 23 April 2003 09:16 am, Aahz wrote:
> Which brings up the question: do the unit-testers here write tests for
> throwaway scripts?
Absolutely! Well, mostly if I'm going to be writing a throw-away that will be
manipulating important data. I wrote some code to reformat all the phone
numbers in a *very* large database, that contained phone numbers and other
things in the phone number field, and the phone number formats were all
I made a list of every exception I could find, and wrote tests that each one
of those conditions was correctly handled, and that the script bailed if it
came across a condition it couldn't handle.
By the time I ran that thing against our live database, I was extraordinarily
confident that it would work flawlessly.
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