Debugging: The Software Industry\'s Dirty Secret ..
Dr. Dobb's | Debugging: The Software Industry's Dirty Secret | July 2, 2007
"How big a problem are software bugs? In 2002, the U.S. government came up with a startling figureó$60 billion per year in the U.S. alone. But what's amazing is that the study has not been repeated. It's as if we know there is a massive problem here, but we don't seem to care that much.
My beef here is not that bugs are such a problem; these are very difficult problems to solve. My beef is that the issue receives so little attention. Of the 15 million programmers in the world, a tiny proportion is actively addressing this huge issue. For every innovation in preventing and fixing bugs, there are a hundred media players, drawing packages, or even languages and operating systems.
Dealing with the problem of bugs is obviously a question of development process, but technology also has an important role to play. We seem to be getting slightly better at managing process, and the few who are actively working on bug prevention and detection technologies are making demonstrable progress." http://ddj.com/dept/debug/200001995;...PSKHSCJUNN2JVN