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From Alex Karasulu <akaras...@apache.org>
Subject [Unit Testing] This is a great attitude (Re: [jira] Commented: (DIRSERVER-831) Proposed protocol-dns changes)
Date Mon, 29 Jan 2007 21:24:37 GMT
Richard Wallace (JIRA) wrote:
>     [ https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/DIRSERVER-831?page=com.atlassian.jira.plugin.system.issuetabpanels:comment-tabpanel#action_12468411
] 
> 
> Richard Wallace commented on DIRSERVER-831:
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> 
> I can work on doing that.  I also plan on adding more tests cause I hate doing refactorings
without having a safety net.

Wow I could not have said it better myself.  Test cases = safety net for 
refactoring?  You bet but that's not all.

When an open source developer gets considerable code coverage with a 
code base those coming into the code after him/her can easily see how 
the code is working.  They can try to make small bug fixes.  And perhaps 
even try to introduce new features as they get more comfortable with the 
code base.  Tests from the original developers and themselves are a 
great way for them to be somewhat reassured that nothing is broken.

Unit test cases are good for open source. They help bring new committers 
and contributors to the community.

Alex

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