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  • The sample sizes were far too small to draw any reasonable conclusion.

    I don't think you're going to find much "evidence" unless there are large scale studies of complex projects. (Which have their own issues as you don't have good controls). This is the reason why much of "social science" isn't really science.

    Speaking personally and anecdotally, however, my hypothesis is that the reported "effectiveness" of TDD is driven largely by two factors: (a) it promotes a well-articulated description of expectation

    • When I am writing several tests first I do think it's sort of in the spirit of TDD but purists might take exception. One extreme TDD exercise [] I read about sounded very frustrating for the participant, but the person coordinating the exercise responded in the comments that he wouldn't use the "one test, one bit of code, repeat" style every time, so I'm glad that he's not over zealous about it.

      Still, I often find myself writing quite a bit of code and then coming back and writing the tests. The times I usua

      • On the "purists" comment -- it could be the normal difference between the teaching environment and the real world. In the teaching environment, the importance of "proper" process tends to get exaggerated. In the real world, with experience, we take shortcuts.

        On API testing -- I've often done "can_ok" either for a class or else for "main" to confirm automatic exports. What I've never really done (well) is confirm that no other methods exist. I might need to look into Class::Sniff or related techniques for that.

        -- dagolden