In this episode, I talk with Paul Ganssle about a fun workflow that he calls pseudo-TDD.
Pseudo-TDD is a way to keep your commit history clean and your tests passing with each commit.
This workflow includes using pytest xfail and some semi-advanced version control features.
Some strict forms of TDD include something like this:
- write a failing test that demonstrates a lacking feature or defect
- write the source code to get the test to pass
- refactor if necessary
In reality, at least for me, the software development process is way more messy than this, and not so smooth and linear.
Pauls workflow allow you to develop non-linearly, but commit cleanly.