I have a love/hate relationship with test driven development and unit testing.

I’ve been both an ardent supporter of these “best practices,” but I’ve also been more than skeptical of their use.

One of the big problems in software development is when developers—or sometimes managers—who mean well apply “best practices” simply because they are best practices and don’t understand their reason or actual use.

Most developers have no clue about how testing is actually done, and how valuable the understanding of software testing basics can be for developers who really want to excel in their careers.

I owe a large amount of the success I have had in my career as a software developer to my background in testing.

Why?

Because I learned it the hard way.

I’m John Sonmez, best selling author of “Soft Skills: The Software Developer’s Life Manual” and one of my first official jobs in the software development industry was that of a tester.

In this post, I will tell you about the 7 most used software testing approaches and how you can use them to become a better software developer. 

The following is an excerpt from The Complete Software Developer’s Career Guide by John Sonmez. To get the entire book delivered to your inbox, go here.

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