Practice Like you Play

One of the homilies I had rammed down my throat by high school coaches was "practice like you play."  In the world of sports it just means to develop good habits and a high effort level in practice so that it carries over into the real games. 

I fixed a bug yesterday at the last minute of our iteration that got through our automated FIT testing on the service layer because the automated tests were written at too low a level.  It would have been more work upfront, but if I had made the FIT tests exercise the service layer the exact same way as the user interface, I could have saved time in the end.  Lesson (re)learned.

About Jeremy Miller

Jeremy is the Chief Software Architect at Dovetail Software, the coolest ISV in Austin. Jeremy began his IT career writing "Shadow IT" applications to automate his engineering documentation, then wandered into software development because it looked like more fun. Jeremy is the author of the open source StructureMap tool for Dependency Injection with .Net, StoryTeller for supercharged acceptance testing in .Net, and one of the principal developers behind FubuMVC. Jeremy's thoughts on all things software can be found at The Shade Tree Developer at
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