Growl Driven Development

by Phlip

This post is not about your boss growling at you. Another title could have been “whisper-driven development”. It’s about your code whispering its status to you.

To learn this newfangled kind of development, whip out an Apple computer, and start a project using Test-Driven Development. We use Rails, but you can use any platform you like. (You can use any computer you like, so long as you can find and configure a Growl-style program for it. See below.)

In Rails, use ZenTest’s autotest command, or write your own batch file, that triggers a test run each time you save any source files. I have one here; it’s a little more “generic” than ZenTest’s version. “Generic” is a programming euphemism for “scrappy - a fixer-upper”.