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Frank Sommers

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Small Bugs with Big Implications Posted: Aug 10, 2007 11:10 AM
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In this interview with Artima, Mark Thomas, Director of Java Technologies at IBM, talks about the potentially big implications of defects that are discovered only in a production environment, and what developers can do to discover and mitigate such problems.

http://www.artima.com/lejava/articles/javaone_2007_mark_thomas.html

What techniques have worked for you for finding bugs in code already in production?


acton wang

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Re: Small Bugs with Big Implications Posted: Aug 10, 2007 3:20 PM
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For enterprise application running in production environment, precautiously add a tracing/debugging component which be easily turned on/off.

More important, program in a most conservative way. Always assume the worst can come. Although it will take you sometime to think during the development phase, it can lessen a lot of headache later.


Not sure there is some proven practices/components in Java. like to hear ...

Isaac Gouy

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Re: Small Bugs with Big Implications Posted: Aug 10, 2007 4:37 PM
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Mark Thomas spake "Once you're in production, nobody is going to let you run a debugger in that production environment. So it comes down to: How can you make it easy to find the root causes of those problems?"

Unless it's a Smalltalk system.

Unless it's a Lisp system - "I used Lisp for decades, but could I have connected to a REPL on an unmanned spacecraft running a large, complex Lisp app and debugged it in situ? I'd like to think so, but honestly, I have my doubts. But my CTO did that."
http://lambda-the-ultimate.org/node/2353#comment-35288

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