Why Do Bugs Attack Your Software?
Check out the five reasons why bugs attack your software.
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Search the Internet and you will find a plethora of articles regarding how bugs can deteriorate your software, company image, and profitability. However, no one talks about the reasons why bugs actually attack your software.
Keeping this scenario in mind, we are presenting five major reasons why bugs might be attacking your software.
1. Impractical Development Timeframe
Most software is developed with impractical project deadlines and insufficient and limited resources — all under crazy release schedules. Therefore, there are chances that compromises are made in the design and are required to meet tight delivery schedules. There are situations that programmers are not allotted sufficient time to develop, design, and test their code prior to giving it to the testing team. Last minute variations in design need last minute code change. This is likely to introduce more errors.
2. Failure in Communication
Erroneous communication, lack of communication, or miscommunication during software development play an important role in creating bugs that attack software. This communication failure occurs at various levels:
• Requirement collection
• Requirement explanation
• Requirement documentation
• Requirement implementation
Think of a phase where the requirements are incomplete or vague. This creates a situation where the programmers have to deal with unclear situations. This leads to errors. Problems with communication also arise when a programmer attempts to alter the code created by another developer.
3. Improper Design Logic
Sometimes, the software is so difficult that it needs a little brainstorming, research, and development to reach a durable solution in this period of complex software system development. The absence of patience and an urge to complete it as early as possible may, perhaps, lead to errors. Exploitation of technology (methods, products, and components), temptation, and desire to use the simplest method to implement a solution, less understanding of the technical viability prior to designing the architecture can cause errors.
4. Bad Coding Practices
A majority of the times, testers are slipped into the code because of the poor coding practices. These practices include lack of appropriate validation (memory overflows, boundary condition, field ranges, and data types), missing or inefficient error, and exception handling. These are the main causes of the errors in the code. In addition to this, some of the programmers work with validators, debuggers, profilers, faulty compilers, poor tools, etc. This makes it nearly unavoidable to invite errors. This, in turn, makes it ambiguous for the testers to debug them.
5. The Absence of Skilled Testing
People hesitate to accept it, but poor testing takes place across different organizations. There can be inadequacies in the testing procedure that are traced. They continue to be major threats to the craft of the software testing and include:
• Testing activity without any significance given to it
• The scarcity of skilled testing
• The absence of seriousness for testing
Poor testing leaves software in a buggy condition. In addition to this, in the period of agile software development, poor unit tests perhaps result in bad coding and increase the risk of errors.
The Solution to These Problems……
A bug tracking tool gives you an in-depth picture of the sort of bugs. After being recorded, these bugs could be tracked in various techniques. This simplifies the procedure many folds through various formats. This enables you to monitor the bug history at any time with various information pointers.
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