Last week, we had the author of TDD for a Shopping Website LiveProject. Friday at 11am Ranch time, Steven Solomon will be hosting a live TDD session just for us. See for the agenda and registration link
Marilyn asked me to comment on this .... I think that if one would like to write the ultimate say program, on their own time, go for it. I do think that you need to have some common checks, but we don't have to try to protect ourselves against hackers or really random keystrokes. The purpose here is to be presented with something that appears "too big": "I can't possibly write a program that does that. I cannot wrap my head around it. It would take years of experience before I could handle something like that!" Then you break it into small pieces and realize that, yes, you can do it. By yourself. And, therefore, you can take on really huge stuff. Each assignment is riddled with shortcomings that make it less than useful in "the real world" - but it is a stepping stone into full usefulness.