I don’t always test my code but…

By Danielle Arad - January 10, 2012
One of my twitter friends sent me this picture today, and wow did it strike a chord. Some people try too hard to be “The Most Interesting Man in the World”, many otherwise cautious and well intentioned SharePoint superstars like to test code, changes, and migrations on live data. Of course you or I would never do that, but some daring people like to live on the edge.

Before any blame is implied, let’s look at the reality of the situation. Maintaining separate development and test environments on production equipment takes a ton of time and effort to not only stand-up, but also to maintain and keep in sync with your production systems. Getting resources from IT and QA is fraught with challenges, the least of which is pointing fingers when systems crash and users blow up at you.

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