Misconceptions about automated tests

I’m not religious about it, but I think that having good set of automated tests is one of the best ways of ensuring high quality of the software. Still, often I see otherwise competent developers¬†saying things like

  • “You’re not going to catch the errors anyway so it’s just unnecessary work”
  • “My code is so simple and easy to understand,¬†it doesn’t need any tests”
  • “Having unit tests is just extra maintenance because the tests will fail anyway when code is changed”

I know there’s tons of articles about automated testing already, but I wanted to write my opinion, perhaps just out of frustration of having to deal with such people.

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