Once Upon a Bug: A Fairytale of Software Development

Posted on 28 Feb 2023 14:54 in Startups
by Siddharth Deshmukh

So, where's the bug?

Once upon a time in the land of software development, a bug was reported. The kingdom was thrown into chaos as the feature wouldn't work. Panic ensued, and two brave souls were summoned to investigate the issue. The problem wasn't critical, but there was a rush to fix it nonetheless.


The code was sloppy, but the two developers managed to get rid of the original problem. A post-mortem was scheduled, and nine wise wizards were appointed to review what had happened. They wanted to ensure this wouldn't occur again, so they applied new quality assurance procedures to all future projects.


However, there was one small catch. The sloppy code that fixed the issue was never cleaned up. It was like putting a band-aid on a wound and leaving it there forever. The codebase became a tangled mess, and every new developer who dared enter its labyrinth would be met with confusion and despair.


So, where's the bug? It's hiding in plain sight, of course. The actual bug isn't the one that was fixed. It's the sloppiness and lack of attention to detail that permeates throughout the codebase. It's the band-aid solution that was never cleaned up, allowing the problem to fester and grow.


In the end, the lesson is clear. It's not enough to just fix the immediate issue. We must also ensure that the code is clean and maintainable. Because when we neglect the little things, they can come back to haunt us in the most unexpected ways.


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