Portfolio Theory of Code/Systems

Most people agree that code is a liability. The more code you have the worse things get because more code means more entropy and more problems from emergent and unanticipated behavior. So most people agree that the less code you have the better. In this sense TDD is doing the wrong thing because TDD is just more code. Formal methods on the other hand are not code and they de-risk the code portfolio by offloading parts that would be code into something that is not code and hence not a liability.

So really what I’m saying is that if you want to reduce risk associated with code then invest some time in learning formal methods and how to utilize formal methods instead of code to specify and validate systems.