Easiest Bug

by john on November 2, 2003

While on the topic of bugs I thought I’d share the easiest bug. Again this happened while I was working in Tech Support. We had a customer who was seeing data that was not accurate and the problem appeared to be a problem caused by a leap year. Once I determined the problem was most likely a coding issue I went to the developer in charge of the product and asked him to look into it. That application was one in which we had bought the source code and released the product as-is but had been undergoing an improvement project one function point at a time.

Within a few minutes the developer came back to me saying he had identified the problem. He said it was particularly easy to find because the original developer had thoughtfully added the following comment:

/* NOT REALLY RIGHT */

{ 3 comments }

Joe Grossberg November 3, 2003 at 2:26 pm

Yeah, that’s still not a good comment.

/* NOT REALLY RIGHT — doesn’t take leap years into account */

Would be more helpful.

Joe Grossberg November 3, 2003 at 3:21 pm

Hey, I just noticed something since I started using Bloglines … are you sure you want to include comments in your RSS feed? At the very least, it makes the aggregators mistakenly think this is a new story after I wrote my “thought” above.

john November 3, 2003 at 7:57 pm

Yeah, I do. For a relatively low trafficked weblog like mine I think it works well. I do offer other RSS feeds, in particular http://www.johnsjottings.com/index-full.xml includes full posts but no comments.

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