Tests? What?

Welcome to the exciting world of backend development, where writing tests is a luxury we can’t afford! I mean, who needs tests when you have end users who are more than happy to be your guinea pigs?

Let’s be real, tests are important. They ensure that your code is working as expected and they catch any potential bugs before they become big problems. But, as a backend developer, I’ve found that tests are often the first thing to go when we’re in a crunch to get new features out the door. I mean, who has time to write tests when you’re busy working on the next big thing?

And don’t even get me started on the lack of people. It’s like trying to herd cats – finding enough people to write tests is next to impossible. It’s not like we can just snap our fingers and poof, a team of testers appear.

So, what’s the result of all this? Well, let me tell you, it’s a wild ride. We push our code to production, hold our breath and hope for the best. And, if we’re lucky, everything works as expected. But, if we’re not so lucky, the end users will find any and all bugs for us. And, let me tell you, it’s a humbling experience to have your users find bugs that you missed. It’s like being a detective and missing the big clue right in front of you.

But, that’s not the worst part. Oh no, the worst part is the last minute fixes. It’s like playing whack-a-mole. You fix one bug, and three more appear. It’s like trying to plug a dam with your fingers – it’s a never-ending cycle. And, as a backend developer, I can tell you, it’s not fun.

So, why do we do it? Why do we put ourselves through this torture? Because, as much as we love writing tests, we love implementing new features even more. It’s the thrill of creating something new and exciting. It’s the rush of pushing new code to production and seeing it in action.

But, in the end, it all comes down to this. Tests are important. We know it. We just need to find the time and resources to make it happen. And, until then, we’ll just keep crossing our fingers and hoping for the best.

So, to all my fellow backend developers out there, let this be a lesson. Writing tests may be a pain, but it’s a necessary pain. And, to all my end users, thank you for being the brave souls that test our code. We couldn’t do it without you.