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How to write a good bug report

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8 min, 1575 words

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It’s something that can’t be overstated in software development: a well-written bug report can make an engineer’s life so much easier. A poorly-written one can make your day a living hell.

Something that I find myself bringing to almost every client is a sense of what a well-written bug report looks like. This is largely carried over from my Launchpad days: we were a distributed team spread around the world, and we didn’t always have the luxury of high-bandwidth comms with bug reporters. Instead, we relied on well-crafted bug reports to give us unambiguous problem statements, and — where possible — unambiguous guidance for fixing those problems.

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And here we are!

gmb published on
2 min, 265 words

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It’s weird, starting out all over again after not really blogging for much of the last decade. We got so consumed by social media, by striving for pith at the expense of something well-reasoned, that blogging sort of died on its arse.

Except that it didn’t, of course. Everyone just thought that.

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