Finding the failure mode was cool in my books. The number of tests run, as impressive as it may be, wasn't.
I started thinking back to this, seeing a tweet from #BTDConf stating on a slide that "It takes at least three times the effort to automate a manual test."
It just makes little sense to me to compare stuff on a very general level.
Could people just share some very specific examples, instead of the attempt to generalize (and scare with how hard it is)?
And another thing from my experiences: the thing that is expensive when I do it turns out to be very cheap when pairing with a great developer with specific experience.
Yes, learning is expensive. So let's get cracking on it. All I need is everyone to be just a little better every day. On something. Choose something you like, something that challenges you. And keep trying when it's hard. You are not alone.