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Re: major design changes...can we

From: Justin Erenkrantz <jerenkrantz_at_apache.org>
Date: 2002-05-22 05:04:44 CEST

[ Slightly off-topic, but I think it's worth addressing. ]

On Sun, May 19, 2002 at 03:54:11PM -0700, Chris D. Sloan wrote:
> - The longer it takes to build your project or to run your tests, then
> more tempted the developers will be to say, "Well it worked for me
> before. All I've changed was to update someone elses changes, it
> should still work, so I'll commit it without a full build."

Since incremental builds are the norm, I'll bring up that I'm
aware of some projects that will use knowledge/dependencies of
your program to only run the automated tests that are in code
paths directly affected by particular code changes. (The
assumption is that the original code passed the verification
tests, so you have a good baseline before your change.)

IIRC, it was designed for tests that take hours or days to run,
so you can run only the potentially impacted tests in a fraction
of the time. So, this policy of skipping your verification tests
because they take too long isn't necessary. -- justin

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