How well Rails developers actually test their apps

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How well Rails developers actually test their apps

Here are the results of our State of Testing in Rails apps survey results. I have distilled the most interesting numbers for your reading pleasure and efficiency. Detailed charts here. I have highlighted what stands out as interesting for me. Number of surveyees: 142. Thanks for being one!

  • 80% favor RSpec
  • 79% find testing is inseparable from software development
  • 54% say their app is well-tested
  • 93% rely on unit tests
  • 30% work with a project with over 100 db tables
  • 33% work in a team of two or three
  • 18% run a single test in “blink of an eye”, 46% under 5s
  • 19% need more than half an hour to run the full suite on a development machine
  • 86% run their tests on CI
  • 15% wait longer than half an hour for CI result
  • 60% are “pretty much” confident in their test suite
  • 57% drop everything and fix the build, if it happens to fail
  • 57% say their biggest problem with tests is that they take ages to run
  • 39% never allow skipped test cases
  • 83% say tests help them refactor code
  • 23% say they mostly test their JavaScript code
  • 73% use mocks, 72% stubs, 35% fakes
  • 39% do not assess coverage, 56% use simplecov
  • 32% do not aim for a specific coverage level, 31% aim for over 90%
  • 17% often get frustrated by random test failures
  • 32% just retry the build upon encountering a random failure
  • 50% do TDD sometimes, 23% do often, 9% do always

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