Yeah, yeah, I know. I'm a little late to the game. I've known in theory that
TDD is a good idea for quite some time. But, as they say, "In theory, theory
and practice are the same".
I needed to write a plugin module for work today. I stubbed out the module
using module-starter and wrote the POD. Writing the API documentation first
had the nice effect of keeping it simple. I don't like writing documentation,
so I'm not about to document publicly something that might not be useful.
Then I wrote the tests. I like breaking things, and thinking about how to
break things. Thinking about how to break things that don't exist yet was
fun! Writing tests made me think through the API in ways that I hadn't when I
wrote the POD. Based on the thinking I had to do when writing tests, I ended
up re-writing sections of the documentation to clarify how certain methods
Then I wrote the code. I thought that I only wrote enough code to pass the
tests, but once the tests were passing I dug in and re-factored the code,
shortening it a fair bit.
I'm a TDD fanboy, coming out late!