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CityDesk Beta

Last night at around 10 PM we fixed the last (known) bug in CityDesk Beta 2. This morning we’re going to do some smoke tests and last-minute banging, and if all goes well, we’ll release Beta 3 today.

For this beta we found, and fixed, some of the nastiest, hairiest, scariest bugs that we thought we’d never be able to fix. A mysterious crash that couldn’t be reproduced reliably. Occasional mauling of HTML code by the WYSIWYG editor, and even more occasionally completely destroying HTML code. (That bug, incidentally, was in a Microsoft library function, which we reimplemented ourselves.) Mysterious startup crashes when you’re using a non-Latin1 version of Windows (Hebrew, Greek, etc.) Inability to run as a normal user on Windows NT. And we sped up incremental publishing dramatically by caching CRCs.

Update, 7 PM. We managed to release Beta 3 today – four times! Scary little show-stopper bugs kept popping up. I’m praying that the rate at which show-stopper bugs keep popping up goes down dramatically so I can take the whole weekend off for a change. Fog Creek Software: “We Make Lots of Bugs, But At Least We Fix Them!”


About the author.

In 2000 I co-founded Fog Creek Software, where we created lots of cool things like the FogBugz bug tracker, Trello, and Glitch. I also worked with Jeff Atwood to create Stack Overflow and served as CEO of Stack Overflow from 2010-2019. Today I serve as the chairman of the board for Stack Overflow, Glitch, and HASH.