software testing (was)

Brandon Van Every vanevery at
Tue Feb 4 03:02:30 CET 2003

Andy Freeman wrote:
> "Brandon Van Every" <vanevery at> wrote in message
> news:<UUf%9.4052$6P2.467701 at>...
>> Andy Freeman wrote:
>>> "Brandon Van Every" <vanevery at> wrote in message
>>> news:<5N3%9.3161$6P2.354427 at>...
>>> Yup, and that's an argument for flexiblity and a whole lot of
>>> testing.
>>> Testing time is strongly related to "how long does it take to get
>>> working code".
>> Testing, yes.  Flexibility, why?
> Because when the point of testing is to reveal problems that you're
> going to fix.  That's where flexibility comes into play.

To me, the point of a test case is to prove that the incremental
functionality I've just implemented actually works.  I keep the test case
around and run it occasionally when I make other changes in the app, to
prove that I haven't broken anything by making a change elsewhere.  But
frankly, since I'm the only one designing this thing and I'm my own Code
Nazi, there's no risk of spaghetti intercommunication.  I simply don't build
things like that.

>>> Huh?  Why does your AI depend on the topology of your world?
>> You ever tried to write one?
> I've written several.  Figuring out where things "want" to move
> isn't all that dependent on topology (or even the "gravity" or
> motive system).

Written a game AI on a sphere?

Brandon Van Every               Seattle, WA

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