TDD stands for Test Driven Development, and it’s a design process in software development.

aka. Red, green, and don't forget refactor

It relies on the repetition of a very short development cycle, and the requirements are turned into very specific test cases.



First of all, you get a better understanding of the actual code before you write it. This is one of the greatest benefits of TDD. When you write the test cases first, you think more clearly about the system requirements and more critically about the corner cases.

Also, when talking about dependencies, it’s important to mention that working with TDD lets you focus on the logic of your classes. This way you keep all the dependencies outside of your classes. It’s also important to mention that your code will run more safely since the logic will not have to handle difference dependencies such as database connections, file systems, and so on.

It’s also a safer way to refactor the code. When writing TDD there are tests for a certain piece of logic. When you refactor the code you might break something, but with this approach you know the tests will have your back.

When you use TDD, you also have a faster way to understand what the code does. When you start working on a piece of code that you are unfamiliar with, you can read the test cases of that piece of code and understand its purpose. Those tests are also the documentation for your code.

And finally, you can focus on building the smaller components in the best way and avoid the headache of the big picture. So how does this help? You’ll write one failing test, and focus solely on that to get it passing. It forces you to think about smaller chunks of functionality at a time rather than the application as a whole. Then you can incrementally build on a passing test, rather than trying to tackle the bigger picture from the get-go, which will probably result in more bugs.