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February 2014

Love Your Code

Me and Code, we had something special. Like all new relationships, this one started out with the best of intentions. Although, I suppose we both knew it couldn’t last forever.

Looking back I realize that I didn’t support Code the way I should have. The kind of support that could only be fulfilled by unit tests. I got so busy and felt like there just wasn’t enough time. It didn’t take long for things got messy, as things with source code tend to do. Code would be telling me one thing, but doing another. Randomly, Code would throw a NullReferenceException and I’d have no idea why. The API was fragmented, making it difficult to communicate.

I had a feeling this it was my fault. Red, Green, Refactor – I knew the rules but by the end I only saw red. I wanted to help change Code but I couldn’t. A change here caused a problem there. Each fix just made Code angrier with me. Eventually we broke up and I started over. What else could we do?

Now I give my source code all the tests that it can handle. This relationship I’m in now was test-driven, so it’s exactly what we both need. There’s an occasional spat, but the core is strong and it’s easy to get things back on track. It’s been three years since I started up with Code 2 was and things are still going strong.

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! Be sure to give your code some love.