Discussion on: What was your TDD aha moment?

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They seem orthogonal IMO.

Perhaps we can say that a module that's closed for modification is not going to see as much rewriting of tests. In other words, the need to throw away tests could be a signal that you're not making as much use of inheritance as you could be. (Though perhaps not a useful signal, since if you're modifying the code then it's already obvious that it isn't closed, and there might also be a good reason for that.)

For the open-for-extension part -- if you're inheriting from something, you don't need to touch its tests, so I wouldn't expect any interplay with TDD.

To be honest, I think that the other parts tie in is just due to the fact that TDD is most practical when unit testing small, decoupled modules, and if your code is organized around classes, that mostly implies SOLID. In other words, to the extent that TDD and SOLID correlate, modularity might be a mediating factor.

I say this because I think you can argue that in the FP paradigm, SOLID-like properties are easier to hit just as a matter of course, in which case TDD wouldn't have as much architectural impact. (That said, there's certainly nothing preventing one from writing large, tightly-coupled functions.)