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I've written a lot of tests in my time and almost all of them tested my abilities better than they tested anything else.

@djsundog forgive me, because I am not a software engineer: isn't there a design methodology that calls for writing tests first/early? Scrum? Extreme programming? I vaguely recall reading about that.

@robertwgehl indeed, TDD, test driven development, wherein the developer is supposed to write a series of tests that exercise the intended implementation, each of which should initially fail until being implemented. It often gets paired with other agile methodologies.

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