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Kode Vicious

Divide and Conquer

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Dear KV,

Many of our newer developers—those who have worked only with git—seem to find bugs in their code only by using git's bisect command. This is troubling for a couple of reasons. The first is that often—once they find where the change occurred that caused the problem—they do not understand the cause, only that it happened between versions X and Y. The second is that they do not seem to understand the limits of debugging in this way, which, perhaps, is more a topic for you than for me to describe to you. Do you find this practice becoming more widespread and perhaps debilitating to good debugging?


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