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I just started reading a very interesting book (Developer Testing: Building Quality Into Software (amazon)[^]) and the intro reminded me of a time I had a similar exchange with a dev.

Jeff Langr said:
One developer, however, quit two days later without saying a word to me. I was told that he said something to the effect that “I’m never going to write a test, that’s not my job as a programmer.” I was initially concerned that I’d been too eager (though I’d never insisted on anything, just attempted to educate). I no longer felt guilty after seeing the absolute nightmare that was his code, though.


Back in the day when I was in QA, I approached a developer about a recent change he'd made to the code.
Me: "Hey, can I get the data you used to test your changes?"
Dev: "What data?"
Me: "Well, you know. The data you used to test after you made the changes and did the build? I figure I can use it as a starting place for data I can send through to insure the changes work."
Dev: "Oh. I didn't run any tests. That's for you to do. I built the thing and put it out there. Now, go test it."
Me: WTF | :WTF: Unsure | :~
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