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- Thursday, June 2nd, 2022 at 08:05 #294409NRJSphereParticipant
Or from a more paranoid standpoint did the Solana VCs sell all their SOL (at 240), fire most of the good developers to save money and hire inexperienced ones?
I am a former software development manager with 17 years experience running software development pipelines. 7 years of that was at startups and 10 years at a Fortune 500 company. If this were my dev team heads would roll for this level of outages. It gets me to wondering:
The only time I have seen this level of bugs in what we call “Production” is one of two things:
1. If there are serious deficiencies in QA hardware such that the testing infrastructure is so strained it can’t do meaningful testing, or it can’t do load testing. At big companies there are in fact separate bug testing and load testing environments. Does the Solana dev team have adequate test environments?
2. When basic software development methodology isn’t being followed. For example if developers don’t test their code thoroughly before sending it to the quality assurance team who specializes in finding subtle bugs. If there isn’t a QA team (sometimes it’s all on the developers to test their code ), or if the QA team is only testing specific bug fixes without doing regression testing to ensure that a new feature or bug fix doesn’t break other existing features. Software is so interrelated that one bug fix breaking something else is actually very common.
In a worst case scenario developers are
Throwing new code straight into production with minimal testing, like a Hail Mary football pass that they hope works.
Getting this type of issue with the development pipeline ironed out requires discipline and sometimes cultural changes.
The discipline to test thoroughly, the discipline to regression test, and the creativity to anticipate real world load scenarios such as 5 simultaneous large NFT drops and design load tests that will hammer the test network looking for failure points.
Does the Solana dev team have a good QA team behind them and do they have a respectful Dev to QA team relationship?
Developers are supposed to do their own testing before they send it to a QA tester. It’s called Unit Testing. If they get lazy and treat the QA team like their cleanup crew instead of the experts they are, who’s job it is to find subtle bugs, then it wastes the QA team’s time and bugs slip through.
For Solana, every bug fix release needs thorough Quality checks, regressions testing, thorough and realistic load testing, and honestly testing against malicious attacks on the network.
Obviously when you are patching an outage you have to put something out fast.
Putting out high quality software releases in the first place is a skill set that the software development community has already solved for and knows how to do. Only a lack of resources, training, skill set or simply discipline can explain explain the ongoing failures of the Solana network.
So which of these is missing at Solana?
Did the dev team lose key developers?
Do they run load tests?
I’m honestly curious where the pinch point is in the development process.
And Yes I know they are in beta but so was google with gmail for years and it worked quite well. It’s no excuse.
My point is that this doesn’t have to be the norm. The development pipeline can be fixed so that major outages are avoided and become more and more rare.
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