Tag Archives: debugging

The worst thing: the laugh of the boolean

A refactor drama

This is a Christmas story about a refactor drama.
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Alright it’s Friday, 22nd of December. Yes, Christmas is in three days.
🎶 Christmas 🎶

For this occasion I’m gonna tell you what’s the worst thing that can happen to a programmer on this kind of day. What I’m going to describe here, is really the worst thing! And it happened to me on this day. Prepare your tissues and be ready to cry with me. Oh, the destiny. (You’d better read this by the fireplace by the way, with a mug of hot chocolate topped with whipped cream) So much for a cheerful Christmas story, right. Come on, read on. It gets better.

To let you picture the environment where my despair took place, here is how the office looked like today:

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Rings, bells and victory

A debugging story Ep02

This is the story of my investigation on solving a cryptic bug that caused a very mysterious session reset. It involves, https, cookie privacy (httponly, secure), understanding of sessions, understanding of the infrastructure, team work and the obsessive need to understand why, why and why. Continue reading

In this episode I will require you to keep your eyes and sockets open. Follow me !

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A day on the grill

A debugging story Ep01

Today we had a big deal production release. And guess what, everyone is on holiday ! Happy summer everyone !!!

The release was at 2 pm, and everything on my part was already tested and validated up until our staging environment, the step before production where everything is supposed to be strictly equal to the production environment (according to the great theory of perfect software development). But around 2:30 pm, I got a phone call, an email, an instant message, AND a visit in person, simultaneously, to tell me the same thing : “THE SERVER IS BLEEDING !!! THE WEBSITE IS DYING, DON’T YOU SEE !!! LET’S ALL PANIC TOGETHER, JOIN US – NOW.”

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