"bugs" tag

A List of Developer-friendly Android Libraries

Android, by virtue of being open source, makes it easy for others to create useful libraries. This article lists twelve developer-friendly open source libraries. The Android framework has been written to make the…

A 'bug vs feature' example from MS PowerPoint

Joy of Programming: A Bug or a Feature?

A puzzling aspect of bugs is that they often turn out to be features (and vice versa)! Let’s explore this interesting topic with an example. In my experience working with enterprise software, I…

Fail Fast!

Joy of Programming: Fail Fast!

When a problem occurs in the software, it should fail immediately, in an easily noticeable way. This “fail fast” behaviour is desirable, and we’ll discuss this important concept in this column. At first,…

Hmm... time to debug

GDB: Logging Function Parameters, Part 1

Sometimes an application’s release version crashes in particular scenarios, but the debug version does not — and to make matters worse, the call-trace gets corrupted. It’s then very difficult to find the cause…

Let's analyse this code

Joy of Programming: The Technology Behind Static Analysis Tools

There are a wide range of static analysers available today — both commercial as well as open source. Have you ever wondered how static analysers magically detect difficult-to-find bugs in code? And why…

Debugging introduces bug(s)?

Joy of Programming: How Debugging Can Result in Bugs!

We typically debug code to find and fix bugs. However, debugging itself can cause bugs. This is an interesting phenomenon that we cover in this month’s column. Consider the following simple Java example,…

Subtle differences

Joy of Programming: Language Transition Bugs

There are subtle differences between languages like C, C++, Java and C#. Programmers transitioning from one language to another should beware of such differences. When I speak to my Tamil friends in English,…

Typo Bugs

[The Joy of Programming] Can typing mistakes (typos) cause bugs? Yes, they can! We’ll look at some common C programming mistakes in this column.

Joy of Programming: Silly Programming Mistakes => Serious Harm!

As programmers, we know that almost any software that we use (or write!) has bugs. What we might not be aware of is that many disasters occur because of silly mistakes. What can…

Joy of Programming: About the Java Overflow Bug

[The Joy of Programming] In this column, we’ll discuss a common overflow bug in JDK, which surprisingly occurs in the widely used algorithms like binary search and mergesort in C-based languages.

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