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Coding to bugs or why software never works like it should

One cool thing about being a software developer is that you get to see how broken even the simplest, pervasive piece of software is.  Apparently, we have had this bug in our system for 5-6 years and now I found this bug that wont allow me to add my new changes.  If we fix the bug, then everything could go haywire and 5-6 years of tested, broken software wont work at all.  Or I would have to code to a bug which seems pretty stupid to me. Why should I break my software because of somebody else'  screw up.
Permalink Bot Berlin 
April 18th, 2007 3:32pm
Is this a bug in some other component that some other company is responsible for? It's not uncommon to have to code in workarounds for this stuff, and then the other company finds they can never fix it because of all the workarounds. There are various articles about this phenomenon's influence on Internet Explorer.
Permalink Practical Economist 
April 18th, 2007 3:53pm
I don't think these words mean what you think they mean.

"Broken" software doesn't work.  So "breaking my software to work around some bug" is an oxymoron.  If you BROKE your software, your software would no long WORK, so you couldn't deliver it.  Nor would "BROKEN" software "WORK" around a bug -- if your code works despite the bug, it's not "BROKEN".  Because it's "WORKING".

Now it's perfectly possible to have a 'bug' in your software for 5 to 6 years without it causing trouble.
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
April 18th, 2007 5:02pm
Which path is cheaper now and in the forseeable life of the application?
Permalink trollop 
April 18th, 2007 7:03pm
a hack is a quick fix on top of an existing code base.

nothing wrong with hacks as long as the short and long term pros/cons are made fully evident to those in charge.

...just like theres nothing wrong with using a little duct tape to fix a minor leak....
Permalink Send private email Kenny 
April 18th, 2007 9:03pm

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