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Part III: Productivity > Quality Assurance and Debugging

Chapter 11. Quality Assurance and Debugging

Obviously, if you could ensure quality there would be no bugs to remove. But it isn’t that easy. What constitutes a “bug” is arguably anything from an onscreen typo to code that causes the user’s machine to crash. A range of things can certainly go wrong and, in a perfect world, we would avoid all of them. I’ve heard people say, “All software has bugs,” as if this is supposed to placate a client stuck with a show-stopper bug in a project. In fact, it’s possible to build an application free of critical bugs. This chapter gives you philosophical approaches as well as practical tools so that you can make your application as bug free as possible.

This chapter covers debugging in a sort of chronological order: how to evaluate the seriousness of your bugs, ways to avoid bugs in the first place, and ways to actually squash bugs.

Specifically, this chapter covers the following topics:

  • Techniques to manage your bugs so that you can address them systematically

  • How to build systems that reduce or eliminate the chance for bugs

  • Practical methods to hunt down and resolve bugs, including the use of the Macromedia Flash MX 2004 Debugger panel


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