Subject: Re: Not debugging? (was: How much should I charge for fixed-price ...)
From: (Rob Warnock)
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2005 05:31:11 -0500
Newsgroups: comp.programming,,comp.lang.lisp
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Roedy Green  <> wrote:
| Debugging is fun. Programs behave strangely.  You get to perform
| experiments, make hypotheses, and gradually track down the problem. It
| is like an Ruth Rendell mystery novel.
| Debugging is far more entertaining than cranking out code that works
| first time.  I think people are sometimes unconsciously careless just
| to gives themselves that challenge later.
| This may also be the root of why programmers are so reluctant to use
| any sort of tools that accelerate, automate or check programming.

This is why Tom De Marco suggests that to make any progress on software
quality one needs to change from talking about "bugs" to talking about
"defects". "Bugs" are cute; "defects" are at best... embarrassing.


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