Tips How to Reduce Software Bugs

Posted 29/09/20

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This article is part of the software development process. In this section, we will give you tips on how to reduce software bugs when they’re present in your process.

Having a well-performing application and website is every business owner’s dream. A software performance can define a business’ reputation. Your users will not accept every bug when they access your software. It is impossible for programmers to have no bugs in their works. There will be bugs no matter what kind of software they create. The complexity level of bugs is varied. Some of them can be fixed in a short period of time. Before you resolve bugs that may happen in your software, here are some software error categories:

  • Missing command errors. This happens to occur when an expected command is missing
  • Syntactic error. Syntactic errors are misspelt words or grammatically incorrect sentences and are very evident while testing software GUI.
  • Functionality errors. The software has a functionality error if something that you expect it to do is hard, awkward, confusing, or impossible.
  • Calculation errors. This error happens because of bad logic, incorrect formulae, data type mismatch, coding errors.

Moreover, here are general tips that you can do on how to reduce software bugs.

Test your code regularly

Doing some tests in a regular way can help you to find problems. Through checking the flow at multiple phases you can identify bugs early and resolve them easier than if they were identified in the later stages of development.

Make a simple code

Building software with complex code does not mean that you are a professional programmer. In fact, making a simple thing is harder than a complex one. A complex act is designed to trigger bugs and testing is often much more difficult.

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Identify the requirements of a software

Before you create a software program, it is important for the product manager and lead developer to identify the detailed component or feature specific requirements. This is important is to detect potential drawbacks and to avoid a greater portion of unimportant defects that would crop up the lane.

Make the documentation structured

Keep comprehensive documentation of the project, as it keeps bugs away from the software. The QA and developer team can review the documentation regularly during the development process.

Use rubber ducky testing

Review your code line by line and read it to your metaphorical (or physical) rubber ducky to make sure that your code is clear, concise, and easy for any developer to understand. By making code review a serious part of your development process, you can find potential hidden bugs before they go to test

There are still many tips to prevent software bugs. Nevertheless, testing your code in a regular way can help you to identify the potential bugs in the future. Then, try to write a simple code, so that there will not take time for you to resolve the bug. A complex one will make you harder. Don’t forget to make your documentation well-organized and if you need, you can use a rubber ducky testing.

So, How is your software development process so far?

If you manage to implement this and it runs smoothly, that’s great. However, if you want to continue on whether your process is on track or not, you can check out the article on agile development methodology or iterative and incremental development. Choose the right way that matches your company’s approach.

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