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Driving Software Quality: How Test-Driven Development Impacts Software Quality

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Recently, software development teams using agile processes have started widely adopting test-driven development. Despite its name, "test driven" or "test first" development isn't really a testing technique. Also known as test-driven design, TDD works like this: For each small bit of functionality the programmers code, they first write unit tests. Then they write the code that makes those unit tests pass. This forces the programmer to think about many aspects of the feature before coding it. It also provides a safety net of tests that the programmers can run with each update to the code, ensuring that refactored, updated, or new code doesn't break existing functionality

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Software, IEEE  (Volume:23 ,  Issue: 6 )

Date of Publication:

Nov.-Dec. 2006

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