• Subscribe

    Subscribe to This Week In Panospace by eMail.
    Subscribe in a reader
  • License

    Creative Commons License
    This work is © 2008-2012
    by Yuval Levy
    and licensed under a
    Creative Commons License.
  • Entries

    April 2008
    M T W T F S S
    « Mar   May »
     123456
    78910111213
    14151617181920
    21222324252627
    282930  
  • Archives

Grocery Shop


A bug tracker is like a grocery shop. Plenty of bug reports are neatly sorted on the shelves, waiting for the developers to fix them.

Developers stroll down the alleys, pick a bug or two and go to the checkout counter. If they are lucky, the bugs fix quickly and they can come back for more.

As any grocery shop owner will tell you, it is important to stay well stocked up with fresh produce. Too much stock will rotten. Too little stock will drive customers away.

Similarly, if there are more reports in the tracker than the developers can handle, things can turn sour: the daunting sight of an endless list can turn even the most motivated developer away. Progress in other areas may make some of the reports obsolete, but which ones? And without feedback the reporters feel that their reports are unimportant and they stop filing.

A significant part of the activity of a grocery shop is inventory management. Removing expired items from the shelves, cleaning up the alleys, making it an inviting environment for shoppers and knowing when to call the suppliers.

The bug tracker is not different. More experienced tester try to reproduce the reported bugs and sort them out. Builders will ship out new snapshot releases to invite new bug reports when the inventory diminshes.

A well working grocery shop depends on a balance between supply and demand, and so does a well working bug tracker.

In the past two months the hugin bug tracker has shed 119 reports. That’s excellent. It has also added 97. This means that there is enough supply of bug reports for now. What the project needs are bug fixes.

Until recently it was almost exclusively Pablo who worked on the fixes. Last week Gerry Patterson stepped in and made significant progress. But the trend is still weak, and the  imbalance between the supply of bug reports and the capacity to follow up on them needs to be absorbed. The project needs more bug fixes. There are still 21 bugs in the 0.7.0 category. I hope the students that have recently joined our community for the Google Summer of Code 2008 will contribute some more fixes before coding of new features start.

One Response

  1. I hope that I can help with some fixes in future. Nowadays I don’t have much time because of maturita exams.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s