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9-18-2007 @ 6:43PM
@15 Yeah, true, the bugs that we see show up in the WoW client give me serious doubts about the quality of some of their internal processes.They clearly don't have automated testing for a lot of really basic features, which means that bugs slip out of dev and into test, where they're a lot more expensive to find and fix. Blizzard isn't alone -- most large software companies have this problem -- but there has been a lot of really good work over the last decade about how to do it better. The persistent appearance of strange interaction bugs between unrelated pieces of the WoW codebase (remember the one where every tailoring recipe was orange? Or the time you couldn't skill up fishing?), suggests that they are trying to test everything with humans.And, as every coder has known since the 60s, adding more humans to a late project makes it later. So you pop the aspirin, tell your VP you're not done yet, and keep on hacking. Doing it in public, under the gun, like Blizzard has been doing for the last three years, has got to amazingly stressful. I hope the product manager gets a big bonus when they hit their dates.
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