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Re: Checking out files to default to read-only

From: Scott Palmer <scott.palmer_at_2connected.org>
Date: 2005-12-05 18:08:18 CET

On 5-Dec-05, at 11:21 AM, Duncan Murdoch wrote:

> On 12/5/2005 11:02 AM, Thompson, Graeme (AELE) wrote:
>> Yes, we have been in the situation of having files locked when people
>> have gone on vacation, but in these cases it is possible to forcibly
>> unlock the files and leave the developer a note, thus not stopping
>> other
>> working on them.
>> More seriously, from our perspective, is the issues we have had when
>> people have tried to merge their changes in with other peoples
>> changes
>> and have reintroduced bugs that have already been fixed because
>> they did
>> not have a full understanding of what they were doing. These bugs
>> then
>> take the extra time for someone to track down and then fix them
>> again!
>
> You need to have the person fixing the bug add a regression test,
> and a policy that nobody commits code that fails the regression
> tests. This prevents the scenario you talk about, and also the one
> where someone comes along later, after the lock has been released,
> and reintroduces the bug.
>
> Duncan Murdoch

It sounds like a good idea, until you try it is "real life" where the
regression test code is 100x more complex than the feature it is
testing. I've been wanting to try test driven development for years
and I always come up against that roadblock. Maybe it's easier for
form-based web apps or something.

Sorry, off-topic. Feel free to start a new topic if there is some
hope of clueing me in to the secret :)

Scott

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