GUTs and BUTs

Alright, so it’s a cheap one, but I had to do it. 😉 Alistair Cockburn coined the term GUTs – Good Unit Tests in a blog entry. Having a term for it was a bit of an eye opener.

I do TDD, but it’s not always the way I do stuff so I’m not religious about it. But wether I write the tests first or after, what I really strive to achieve is Good Unit Tests. TDD is a technique to make it easier to achieve GUTs, but it is no guarantee. What other techniques is there?

GUTs isn’t easy to achieve wether you write them before or after (thus I really have too many BUTs too), but that is what my system needs to be agile and avoid resisting change.

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