For decades, webpage testing has felt like detective work.
It used to be that before fixing a reported bug, a developer would have to reproduce it first based on user feedback.
However, thanks to the efforts of Rookout, a Tel Aviv-based cyber security start-up, this is all about to change.
Its cloud-based debugging heatmap promises to take all of this out of the equation and identify the buggiest applications in an enterprise, allowing for massive time savings on the developers’ side.
Based on Microsoft’s research, pinpointing and fixing software bugs eats up a substantial amount of developers’ time, and so a tool of this calibre is welcome.
Developers were in need of a tool that displays actionable information on the front-end, the kind that provides data at the time of a crash – and now, it appears to have arrived.
According to Oded Keret, director of product management at Rookout, state-of-the art tracking tools were either mostly unable to document all the work needed during debugging or provided lacklustre data.
In other words, they had a tendency to not show you the big picture, as some of the essential pieces of the puzzle were missing.
Rookout’s new heatmap aims to automate some of the process.
It can also pull some of the data from IT tickets and other sources.
Moreover, it supports labelling for bugs discovered during application deployment.
Keret believes that the most interested customers will fall into either one of these groups:
- Those wanting to know how bad things are in general.
- Those looking for a way to validate instinctual or anecdotal beliefs.
Thanks to what the new debugging heatmap brings to the table, both of these groups will be able to enjoy spending less time on data collection, which is part of the conventional debugging process.
For the second group, the greatest benefit is being able to receive measurable results.