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For me there is a simple criteria to decide if automatic tests are needed: Are you planning to evolve and maintain the project? "Yes" - you should write tests. There are some cases when you can go without tests, mostly it is "do once and forget" type of work, like small web-site, CMS setup, etc. Everything which you do quickly, test if it works and forget ...


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"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." - Schopenhauer At a macro level the argument was had a long time ago with formal testing. The argument was that programmers are highly trained professionals who should write code without defects. This is of course ...



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