JakeBrake’s Favorite Bug

I refer to years ago where a major “production” defect in a networked military tactical data system – a system linking all the armed forces together. This high-visibility critical/major defect would blind all linked users by effectively wiping out all links and the shared contact information. Contacts are/were items being tracked via various sensors. Contacts…


Cathy McBride’s Favorite Bug

A number of years ago I was working with a development team that had been acquired by my company. They were very resistant to outside advice or direction and I am a tester. Thus we butted heads from the very beginning. At one point in the madness to get a release out the door, I found…


Jonathan Kohl’s Favorite Bug

It’s hard to pick a favorite, but this is a recent bug story: Report: customer support alerted the development team that several users were complaining about a recent release. Intermittently, the application would slow down to such a great extent that they would have to reboot their machines. System: A popular J2EE web application framework…


James W’s Favorite Bug

I like the back and forth between QA and Dev with regards to whether or not a bug is worthy of their time to fix and that is the central theme to my favorite bug.   We had an app that was getting blown up by a few different fonts. When dev pushed back, I…


Gerald M. Weinberg’s Favorite Bug

My favorite bug is also my first bug. It’s my favorite because it started me on the road to learning the most important things about programming and testing. It was the first commercial program I had ever written–a pipeline network analyzer for municipal water systems. (note 1) Essentially, it solved systems of non-linear algebraic equations, by iteration. It passed…


Josh Poley’s Favorite Bug

One of the interesting bugs I dealt with on the Xbox 360 wasn’t very exciting from a “how found” perspective, but rather from the duration it was open and the edit history of it. In the very beginning of development for the console I was working on testing the Win32 File IO APIs, unfortunately, the…

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What Is Your Favorite Bug?

I mentioned in my last post that I love hearing testers (anyone, really) talk about the bugs they find. This gave me an idea: why not collect people’s bug stories here? If you would like to contribute a story about your favorite bug(s) (i.e., those whose stories you most enjoy telling), let me know! Send me an…