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Re: Contact handles disappearing mysteriously from the whois database!
michael, you forgot the mandatory ad hominem attack on me falsely claiming that i had made a personal attack. where is your contribution to nanog hypocrisy? sheesh! :-) > I find it rather curious that QA procedures were not in place to prevent > the bug from happening in the first place. to paraphrase dijkstra because i am too lazy to look up the reference, testing can demonstrate the presence of bugs, it can not demonstrate their absence. i.e. if they could do what you suggest, there would be very few new bugs in the world. this would be a truly great advance. > I also find it curious that there are no rollback procedures in place to > recover quickly from a bug in generating whois data. good point. a possible explanation is that they changed the back end, and hence the front end. while one might roll back the front end, the back end could be much more difficult as o new updates had flowed in, i.e. can't just roll back, need to convert the data back, and o when people write database conversion code, they tend to think of it as one way, and do not double the cost by writing un-conversion code. in private email, an acquaintance suggested that extensive alpha and beta testing might have caught it. with a product such as whois this might be hard. i.e. alpha/beta tests are usually done by shipping product to a select few. how would one do this with whois? with registration services? etc.? not saying one could not, just that this is far from trivial or obvious. as i have said before, i would not want nsi's job. randy, who spent 20+ years in software development