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Chapter 17 . Debugging and Troubleshooting > SQA: The art of making it work

SQA: The art of making it work

Now that you're getting more ambitious in your Lingo work, it's inevitable that fewer of your scripts will execute correctly the first time around. Fortunately, Director 8 provides a number of tools to help you track down errors in their lairs, and we'll take a look at them in this chapter. We'll also survey some of the most common manifestations of Murphy's Law in Lingo scripting—and then segue into a troubleshooting guide that should help you through some of the thornier (and more persistent) problems you'll encounter when working with Director.

But first, a bit of background on the process of improving the quality of your production. Like it or not, once you distribute your Director work to others, you're in the software business. Your work won't be judged solely on its content and originality, but also on its ability to perform efficiently and consistently, with no unpleasant surprises for the end user. If you want your work to be appreciated, you'll need to build your skills in software quality assurance—what's usually referred to as SQA, or sometimes just QA. This chapter gives you an overview of the methodologies often used in this process and the tools you'll need to make the process work for you.


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