How many is that?

"as Few Bugs as Possible"!

© Conrad Weisert, Information Disciplines, Inc.
January 7, 2017

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Readers of the January ACM Communications were startled and puzzled by this explanation:

"Push on green" refers to a philosophy of being able to create and test software in an automated fashion such that it is easy to detect a "green" condition of code—ready to roll out with as few bugs as possible.1

Most of the programmers and just about all of the managers I've known in several decades of programming agree that the fewest possible number of bugs in a program is always the same: zero. What the writers probably meant was some combination of these factors:

Of course those factors would be given different weights depending on the consequences of software failure.

See this related article from a year ago.

1—Josh Bailey & Stephen Stuart: "Faucet: Deploying SDN in the enterprise", ACM Communications, January, 2017, p. 47

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