IT590_Unit7 - 1. What is a race condition in software? Why...

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1. What is a race condition in software? Why are race conditions difficult to debug? A race condition is the concurrence of two tasks within a program. Generally these tasks are performed on faster more experienced operators (Quinn, 2009, p359). The difficulty in locating the race conditions is because nothing really goes wrong with the program unless a trigger is activated. In the ETCC accident, the variables shared the main screen, which caused a huge collision of software components. 2. What are the advantages of allowing software users to identify and report bugs? What are the disadvantages? Some advantages are users of open source codes are able to detect and gather information about when the bug happens, at approximately what part of the software they were using when it crashed and what they were doing that caused the crash. Open source code creators are easy to be in contact with, sometimes they have on the Linux and UNIX homepages a place to contact the developers about problems. When users report issues with software, they are able to tell the developers what type of machine they are using, their os and many other tips that will help the designers find and debug the software. Mozilla Firefox is currently a browser used by many. The addition of 'ask' when a page
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This note was uploaded on 03/09/2010 for the course IT 590 taught by Professor Mm during the Spring '10 term at Kaplan University.

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IT590_Unit7 - 1. What is a race condition in software? Why...

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