Friday, February 3, 2012

Testing to ensure code gets cleaned up.

The other day I was working on a change on that involved getting rid of some pages. It is generally a good idea to redirect those URL's to a relevant location so that search engines and people can get to a useful location. Eventually no one uses the old URL anymore and whatever code is redirecting it is just sitting around gathering dust.

I wanted to make sure I eventually cleaned up the code I had doing the redirection. In the past I have tried several different ways of remembering to do this; try to remember, put a note somewhere, or put a reminder in my calendar. None of those have ever ended up working out. None of those methods involve anything that is part of my normal working process.

The solution I came up with was to write a test that checks to see if the code is still around at some future date. I run my tests all the time as part of my normal workflow and I never release code without fixing a broken test. Now at some future point in time the test will break and I will not forget to clean up my unused code. Seems like a potentially useful pattern. In a few months, when my tests start breaking to remind me to clean stuff up, I will discover if it is useful or just really annoying.


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