Is DIT's Role Bad News for Regular Testers?
Bangalore: A Developer in Test (DIT) is one who focuses on making sure products meet their specifications through functional testing, integration and quality analysis. “The DIT does not generally produce any functionality, but writes integration tests, ensures builds are done correctly, improves Continuous Integration, and works to produce repeatable automated functional tests for user stories” says Gavin Davies from boxuk.com
Some testers say that the last thing developers want is to test their own code or other’s! Whereas, a DIT uses tools like, Cucumber, Selenium etc to write technical automated tests. Developers aren't the best people to test their own code. "Lucky enough to work with an outlier, group of developers who produce some damned solid code that is a real challenge to find defects in." Says Adrian Wilson in softwaretestingclub.com
Testers have their own manual /exploratory testing techniques, as developers do. Often the two techniques travel on the same page, but at times they can be uneasy companions. And it's not ideal, but it's the way it goes in testing. It's great to get some help in testing by a DIT. Maybe developers are not the next big thing on every project manager's wish list. Because they soon would be thinking that they don't need manual testers anymore.
Managers understand that everyone could not effectively do all of that at the time as “testing” means a lot of different things. Testers in DIT were good to write test code, they are at their best at discovering bugs, and they would typically require other tester guidance in doing so.
Technical automated tests: “My DITs were writing “business” automate tests, that’s why they are DIT and not developers. “I’ve always been resisting developers delegating their unit test writing activity to my team” says Ainars Galvan.
Testers who love to learn enjoy new challenges and are not afraid to get their hands dirty, are likely to have a bright future. Their job title might shift from ‘tester’ to something else. “They’ll be bringing the same incisive critical thinking and analysis to whatever you decide to call them and they’ll still be testing” as stated in a Blog post by Ben Kelly on softwaretestingclub.com.
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