An iterator that never ends

Most of the time I feel like dealing with a never ending iterator while fixing bugs. Once you fix one bug, another immediately pops up somewhere else. Or while you fix a bug, you find other two in a row. 90% of the time, it is because somebody else decided to break his API or just because in hurry, thus not seeing the whole picture in that exact moment. A new super-fast rewritten routine could impact the reliability of the whole code and cause damage. Even if a stupid file path mistake could generate tremendous effects. It is here, that corner-cases support is dropped.

What do I mean? That probably somewhere in your application you’re using a library in a legal-but-not-very-common way. …and upstream doesn’t know about it!
So, the efficiency drops a LOT! I can estimate that 60% of my time as free software developer is spent at fixing what other people broke. And other people spend time at fixing what I break, too, of course. So what could be a viable “solution” in order to mitigate the problem? Beside saying “there’s nothing against laziness, nothing against people forgetting to let other people know about important changes in their software” not much. Perhaps some kind of Twitter/Identi.ca interface? The Publisher/Subscriber pattern might work well. Maybe this is going to happen someday in future, who knows…

About lxnay

the creator of Sabayon Linux, Entropy Package Manager {Eit, Equo, Rigo}, Molecule release media buildsystem, Matter Portage buildbot/tinderbox and only God knows what else...

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