Digital DNA of Bugs, Dump Analysis as Forensic Science

As a debugger, have you ever reflected on the interesting parallels between your job and work being done in other industries?  When I think about solving complex computer problems, I think of it as forensics.  The core diagnostics or troubleshooting skill can be applied to anything. I bet if you were to walk around and […]

As a debugger, have you ever reflected on the interesting parallels between your job and work being done in other industries?  When I think about solving complex computer problems, I think of it as forensics.  The core diagnostics or troubleshooting skill can be applied to anything. I bet if you were to walk around and talk to the people in our group you would find a lot of guys that watch programs like CSI, House, Law and Order etc.  Heck there is even a guy just a few cubicles away that has a House poster on his wall.  Years ago I used to watch Quincy, and other detective shows with the same level of fascination. I started thinking Cops, Coroners, Doctors and Engineers, we all do the same type of work. In fact, at a recent conference we had a forensics expert come in and speak to us. It was really fascinating. Even though the presenter worked in a completely different industry, most of us found each other thinking "Hey I could do that Job!", because in essence, that's what we do already.

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Microsoft, Windows, Debug, Debugging, Debugger, Analysis, DNA, Digital