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September 24, 2009


Bug vs. Feature

by David Spira

bug vs feature

I love this cartoon.

If you’ve worked in IT or web development for my than a month, I have no doubt that you have either hear or said the following words:

“That’s not a bug, that’s a feature”

I never use that phrase because I know that no one buys it… but still the phrase survives like a cockroach.

The top ten list I pull the cartoon from is pretty good too.

Thanks to Melissa for sharing this bit of funny with me.

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  1. serraavenger
    Sep 24 2009

    I actually used it once or twice, but it actually were features I was referring to ; )
    For example, in a Warcraft 3 Mod I and a Friend was programming – actually, I was programming, he was Writing the Data – called “Battleships Crossfire”, he wanted barrels (you know, the container thingies) to be able to use cannons like a Battleship. I was asked a couple of times why we hadn’t fixed that bug yet that _barrels_ can shoot with machineguns, and since the second or third time all I keep replying is “that’s no bug. that’s a feature.”

    I, personally, think its counter intuitive though. Barrels just don’t shoot >_<

  2. serraavenger
    Sep 24 2009

    uhh… those actuallys actually are bugs, not features :P

  3. Rick
    Apr 4 2012

    This particular drawing goes waaayyyy back. I remember seeing a version of it in the mid 1980s, when we tended to liken it to IBM’s standard approach to late-breaking bugs: document it and call it a feature!

    • Apr 9 2012

      That’s funny. I didn’t know it had so much history.

  4. Master of QA
    Oct 11 2012

    This picture is buggy:
    Bugs do not have 8 legs, but 6.
    Therefore – both feature and bug are not bugs :)


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