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Welcome to the Voice of the DBA, thoughts from Steve Jones on databases, SQL Server, and life.

Jun 13, 2017

Every once in awhile I have someone I meet complaining about software quality, usually with regards to some piece of Microsoft software. I'll invariably hear how there shouldn't be bugs in SQL Server or Windows, and Microsoft isn't testing their software. This person will claim that they write software with no bugs. I can't remotely believe this is true, aside from small, somewhat trivial applications. All software has bugs, but there's no way to disprove anyone's assertions unless you can get to their software and examine it.

I do think that some people think their software is more bulletproof than it really is, perhaps because no one really does test the limits of their work. It's easy to assume that there aren't problems when no one has ever probed deeply in the different ways the code might execute. After all, this is one of the reasons that developers turn in code that they think works, but in which others find bugs. They haven't explored enough different inputs against the software. This is also why I think unit testing needs to be constant and evolutionary, growing and changing as you find new issues and bugs in your code.

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