Chapter 2

Developer Attacks

Taking the Code Head On

Thou shall covet thy developer’s source code.
James Whittaker
Ten Commandments of Software Testing [1]

I am not talking here about taking on your least favorite developer (or programmer). I am talking about getting developers to test the software or code that they write.

This chapter has attacks that many testers think should be “owned” by the developers. Some developers think that all testing is owned by a “test group.” These views are at odds. Ownership implies responsibility. The team owns the qualities of any product. Therefore, if a developer runs the attacks of this chapter, finds their own bugs, and fixes them, then the quality of the product is improved. In many cases, the developers ...

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