C. Keith Ray

C. Keith Ray writes about and develops software in multiple platforms and languages, including iOS® and Macintosh®.
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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Please Ignore the Elephant in Your Living Room

(Originally posted 2003.Mar.27 Thu; links may have expired.)

The subject of legacy code appears on the Test Driven Development mailing list periodically. My advice is to use test driven development for writing new code or bug fixes, and leave the rest of the legacy code alone, writing tests for old code only when you need the support for refactoring.

David Brady, on that mailing list, writes: "being behind schedule with 250,000 lines of monolithic, untested, difficult-to-test code is the PERFECT time to start learning how to test. You just have to ease into it one step at a time and be prepared for a long journey." My emphasis on the "one step at a time."

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