28 Oct '11, 6am

Making late-night debugging an exception rather than the norm

Making late-night debugging an exception rather than the norm

Making late-night debugging an exception rather than the norm Rutul Dave, Coverity 10/28/2011 1:57 AM EDT Static analysis finds the bugs, even if you're working under an Agile development process. Here's when and where to use static analysis. It's close to midnight and after hours of debugging you've finally identified the root cause of a defect. It's a nasty null pointer dereference that gets triggered after various conditional checks, and it's buried deep inside a code component that has not been touched in a while. The challenges of debugging pale in comparison with the fact that you still have a long road ahead in checking whether the bug exists in three other branches, merging the fix, and then unit testing the changes in all four branches to make sure you didn't break anything else, especially when you changed something in the legacy code component. Think about how m...

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