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A salute to release engineers and a take on the development process
I haven't really posted in a long time. It's been pretty hectic at work with testing and finally rolling out the release. There are two basic points that I would like to address in this post. One, a salute to release engineers and two, my thoughts on the development process.I was wearing one of my hats last week - release engineer. I have to say I appreciate the work that release engineers have to go through. In my naive "developer only" days - I thought that the release engineers had to take the ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 31, 2005 7:04 AM

haa..passed it to QA
I had a very busy last week. For those of you who were wondering what I was upto, I was in stage 2 testing and rollout. Stage 2 what? you say. Well, I like to call it Stage 2 testing and rollout because the developers have run it on their machines and a patched demo version is now working. The real integration and testing starts at Stage 2. All that I really do is make setup files for all the components and arrange them in CDs. Also, I check if there are any major holes in the system, aka show-stoppers. ......

Posted On Monday, August 15, 2005 1:39 PM

phantom bugs
I seem to be having a lot of problems lately with phantom bugs. What in the world are Phantom bugs? - you say. Well, that's the cute term I came up with for bugs that QA or other developers see, report it, and then when I try to reproduce it - poof! it ain't there. After struggling for an hour or so to try and reproduce the bug, I generally end up at the bug finder's desk. Miraculously, he/ she can't reproduce it either. I am not sure if it was a particular condition that existed at the time - or ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 9, 2005 6:32 AM

now it's not there, now it is
I have an application that connects to the database on startup. This afternoon while trying to bring it up on a test machine, I ran into a funky problem. After modifying the database connection string, I got a SQL server not available message. I went, huh? Thinking it must have been some cached stuff, I hit refresh on the browser - VOILA! the login page comes up. Then, I try to log in - it combs out with a connection error. I tried this several times with different DB servers and each time the same ......

Posted On Monday, August 1, 2005 2:17 PM

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