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I don't believe the original article is down on unit tests. He's very clearly down on manual tests and tests that are part of a human-controlled QA step. But he also says, "If you have manual tests, automate them and build them into your CI pipeline (if they do deliver value)." So he is in favor of automated tests being part of a CI pipeline.

And I'm saying that the things I listed are good ways to get quality while not having QA environments and QA steps in the process.

I also don't know where you get the notion that all debugging has to be done in production. If one can do it there, great. But if not, developers still have machines. He's pretty clearly against things like QA and pre-prod environments, not developers running the code they're working on.

So it seems to me you're mainly upset at things that I don't see in his article.

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