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re: Achieving 100% code coverage will make you a better developer. Seriously. VIEW POST


"If you make a certain level of coverage a target, people will try to attain it. The trouble is that high coverage numbers are too easy to reach with low quality testing. At the most absurd level you have AssertionFreeTesting. But even without that you get lots of tests looking for things that rarely go wrong distracting you from testing the things that really matter.

Like most aspects of programming, testing requires thoughtfulness. TDD is a very useful, but certainly not sufficient, tool to help you get good tests. If you are testing thoughtfully and well, I would expect a coverage percentage in the upper 80s or 90s. I would be suspicious of anything like 100% - it would smell of someone writing tests to make the coverage numbers happy, but not thinking about what they are doing."


I agree with Martin Fowler and respectfully disagree with your take - I think it's important to avoid being dogmatic about these things.

Saying you need "X" to be an "expert" developer is an unhelpful hot-take. Software development projects, as with many things in life, are rarely black-and-white.


Kyle, I agree with Martin Fowler on this too. I’m not dogmatic about it either (despite what you might think from my writing 🤣).

My point with this post is that the skill of being able to achieve 100% coverage is a great skill to possess as a developer.

Not that I’d always need to achieve it on every project.

I too am suspicious of 100% coverage. That’s my point about honesty above. Being able to achieve 100% coverage without cheating is difficult.

One thing I’ve learned from writing about code coverage is that it’s hard to get across the message that I’m trying to. It’s unusual for writers to frame code coverage as a learning/growth tool. I’ll keep trying!

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