Chapter 11. Bugs: Squashing bugs like a pro

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Your code, your responsibility...your bug, your reputation!

When things get tough, it’s up to you to bring them back from the brink. Bugs, whether they’re in your code or just in code that your software uses, are a fact of life in software development. And, like everything else, the way you handle bugs should fit into the rest of your process. You’ll need to prepare your board, keep your customer in the loop, confidently estimate the work it will take to fix your bugs, and apply refactoring and prefactoring to fix and avoid bugs in the future.

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At the end of the last chapter, things were in a pretty bad way. You’d added Mercury Meals’ code into Orion’s Orbits and were all set to demo things to the CFO when you hit a problem. Well, actually three problems—and that adds up to one big mess...

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Orion’s Orbits is NOT working.

Your customer added three new user stories that relied on some new code from Mercury Meals. Everything looked good, the board was balanced and you completed the integration work when, BOOM!, you ran your code and absolutely nothing ...

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