Bug report. Short overview

Hello guys! Today I welcome you to discover quite gripping questions, which you surely will be interested in. I’m gonna be running about a bug report. I’m sure most of you have heard this term and many web developers and software users mention this notion, but it hasn’t been clearly explained what this bug report actually means. That is why today’s topic – “Bug report. Short overview”.

The first hint I will give you that a bug report is a helpful option that will come in handy when you will be working on projects as a web developer or just a software user. This will be able to save your time and efforts while solving any errors or failures in software work. Knowing all the principles of bug report work, you’ll be efficient in web development or any other work in the software field. I will try to reveal this core issue from different viewpoints.

 If you’re eager to explore this informative topic more, I invite you to get involved in the discussion. 

Let’s start!

What is a bug report?

Before I’m gonna be talking about particularities of this issue let’s figure out what is the meaning of a bug. At a glance, you may guess that this might be a kind of error (a bug) made during the web development process. This point of view is considerably right. A bug itself occurs during a working process and it may happen for many different reasons or even you may cause it yourself. 

A bug report is actually one of the steps in product examination. A software user or webmaster (a bug reporter) composes a bug report after a bug was identified. The principal task of a bug report is to note the errors or failures (bugs) for avoiding their reappearance. This actually explains the exact way of product breakage. What is more, bug reports are also helpful in following the bugs. 

The information in bug reports makes sense

For making the resolution of the problem more efficient, bug reports must contain info on a person who identified it (a bug hunter), a person who corrected it (a webmaster), the type of error, the data of bug exposure, and some more. Let me explain each of these points and some more in detail.

Date of the bug report.

This is an important point if a developer faces a similar bug in the future. It will help him to find easily the same bug by the date.

The info about a bug hunter

The information of the person who identified the bug is also called a bug hunter. Usually, these guys work anonymously without any identification, but still, the info about them is required. One more interesting fact that sometimes the bug hunters may be granted money or any other gifts, even though it doesn’t mean this is a primary job. 

A person who fixed the bug

The data of the webmaster who fixed the bug for a case if another webmaster or a user, who needs to fix a bug, may ask this person to experience this again.

The type of error

This point includes all necessary information about the type of bug and its effect on a product.

Status

Here should be pointed out if it’s “fixed” or “new”.

All this information is usually posted in a particular bug list which is essential in the case when the same bug happens in the future, this helps users to save their time in fixing the problem because they can observe this list, find the person who fixed this bug and ask him to reproduce this activity. 

Since we’re talking about principles of bug report work it should be mentioned that you can meet a bad bug report and a good one. 

What are a suitable bug report and a poor bug report?

You might be wondering what’s the difference between a bad bug report and a good one? Well, to light up major points of its difference I’ll make a list below, let’s have a look.

A suitable bug report:

  • Involves the info needed to recreate and correct the problem;
  • Builds a common area for cooperation;
  • It is filed in a clarified way;
  • Can be solved in a fast way;
  • It is a suitable method of interaction for a reporter and a receiver.

A poor bug report:

  • Doesn’t contain the proper information for reproducing and fixing the problem;
  • Doesn’t support collaboration;
  • It is filed in an unclear way;
  • Usually, can’t be resolved;
  • An inefficient way of collaboration for everyone involved.

The list, I pointed out, is enabled to distinguish what is a suitable bug report supposed to be, for you not to spend time-solving the unclear bug report. Efficiency and accuracy are points that will help to solve any software problem as fast as possible.

That’s why you should bear in mind while composing a bug report it’s obligatory to include all the necessary information for a bug receiver, for him to understand the problem and solve it in a fast way.

Conclusion

Now, guys, it’s high time to conclude all the information I’ve tried to illuminate in this topic – “Bug report. Short overview”. First of all, you found out that having a clearly composed bug report simplifies the resolution of the error. What does it mean? It means that all necessary information should be included in a bug report such as the data of a person who exposed a bug, the information of a person who fixed a bug, the type of bug, the date when the bug was found, the status of a bug report. This is the thing which is called a good bug report. 

Following these points will help you to solve the failure as fast as possible, what is more, it will safe your precious time. Also, efficient cooperation between bug reporter and bug receiver makes sense. As you can see, writing a bug report is not so difficult as it seems, even nonprofessionals will be able to cope with such a task.   

So, I really hope you enjoyed this topic and picked a lot of interesting information that will come in handy in the future. 

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