A recent experience at work has left me convinced that sometimes a bug is
quite simply just meant to be. I do not refer mind you to bugs that choose
to make an appearance only after the user has performed a jiggle in front of
the monitor having muttered strange incantations while standing on his/her
head with the planets aligned in just the right manner. I refer rather, to
bugs that a blind man in a dark room would have been hard pressed to miss
(now, if you feel the need to clarify with me the fine point of how a dark
room can make the process of locating an object harder than it would otherwise
have been to a blind man, then I strongly urge you to resist that need).
Any given feature in the product that I am working on must necessarily pass
through the following quality checks before it ever sees the light of day. It
must first negotiate a series of unit test cases cunningly designed to trip it
up when it's not looking. It must then survive the traumatic experience of
system testing where the entire development team has a go at it. This is
followed by days upon days of unending torment by the quality assurance team.
Only those features that display the resilience to pass through all this
without blemish make it to the final release. And yet, a bug that failed the
most basic of test cases managed to escape notice and show up in front of the
Like I said, some bugs are just meant to be!