The Coder and The Tester

© 1999 Harry Robinson 
(to the tune of “The Farmer and the Cowman” from “Oklahoma!”)

Manager: 
Oh, the coder and the tester should be friends
Yes, the coder and the tester should be friends 
Coder writes an app with ease 
Tester brings it to its knees 
But that’s no reason why they can’t be friends 

Testers need to work with coders 
Coders need to work with test 
All of us must work together 
‘least until my options vest! 

Managers chorus: 
Testers need to work with coders 
Coders need to work with test 
All of us must work together 
‘least until our options vest! 

Coder: 
I’d like to say a word for the coder 
Who hacks good code while bad caffeine ingesting 
“It’s elegant” he shrugs 
“But all I’ll hear about is bugs” 

Tester: 
So maybe you should try some unit testing! 

Manager: 
Oh, the coder and the tester should be friends 
Yes, the coder and the tester should be friends 
Testers file bugs for kicks 
Coders mark them “will not fix” 
But that’s no reason why they can’t be friends 

Manager chorus: 
Testers need to work with coders 
Coders need to work with test 
All of us must work together 
‘least until my options vest! 

Tester: 
I’d like to say a word for the testers 
Whom unenlightened souls consider flunkies 
They don’t get no respect 
For all the defects they detect 

Coder: 
Someday you all will be replaced by monkeys! 

Manager chorus: Oh, the coder and the tester should be friends 
Yes, the coder and the tester should be friends 
Some folks like to optimize 
Some folks like to criticize 
But that’s no reason why they can’t be friends 

CEO (slowly): 
‘Cuz if some crappy software gets released 
And we get pounded by the competition 
The coder and the tester then 
May wish they’d worked in sync 
But once you’re sunk it’s just too late for wishin’! 

All: 
The coder and the tester then 
May wish they’d worked in sync 
But once you’re sunk it’s just too late for wishin’! 

Oh, the coder and the tester should be friends 
Yes, the coder and the tester should be friends 
Some folks get their thrills from breaking 
Software other folks are making 
And each one on the other one depends. 

 

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