Blind faith (computer programming)

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In computer programming blind faith (also known as blind programming or blind coding) is a situation whereby a programmer develops a solution or fixes a computer bug and deploys it without ever testing the creation. The programmer in this situation has blind faith in his or her own abilities.

Another form of blind faith is when a programmer calls a subroutine without checking the result. E.g.: A programmer calls a subroutine to save user-data on the hard disk without checking whether the operation was successful or not. In this case the programmer has blind faith in the subroutine always performing what the programmer intends to accomplish.

Blind faith is an example of an Anti-pattern. Other common names for blind faith include "God oriented programming" and "divine orientation".

Blind faith programming can also be used as a challenge to test programming skills.

The recommended alternative to blind programming is usually test-driven development.