Ham Radio Deluxe Newsletter for 03-March 2018
Improvements for Ham Radio Deluxe Software Development
In this issue…
“Mini dumps” and Ham Radio Deluxe Logbook crash related to solar equinox
Events of yesterday have changed my newsletter topic. Yesterday was the spring equinox. Normally, it’s uneventful. But this year was different.
Today, almost simultaneously around the world (though it was more like a wave), our clients began reporting that Logbook crashed without warning. This crash happened regardless of Windows operating system version, and affected Ham Radio Deluxe versions all the way back to 5.x and up to the latest 126.96.36.1994 version. About 45 minutes later, clients were able to restart Logbook and the program behaved normally.
Folks, the mystery has been solved... thanks to Mike, K7ZCZ.
Mini-dump files for crash analysis
Those who have received our newsletters have read that we have begun 2018 with a “troop surge”. We’ve ramped up to five developers behind a fundamental goal: to reduce the development backlog of defects and enhancement requests. We have had one release thus far in February of 2018. Another release is currently moving to beta.
One of the things that is a key component of increasing the quality of our software and reducing the time-to-resolve defects is the ability to collect detail about what cause an application to crash.
Last year, we implemented something called the “mini-dump”. By definition, a “mini-dump” file is “a small file that is saved to your computer when a program stops unexpectedly”. Basically, it contains information about what the application was doing when it stopped.
The mini-dump file enables developers to quickly diagnose problems with the application. The mini-dumps produced by HRD have enabled us to quickly find problems, fix them, and get releases out to our clients that eliminate problems.
Many folks saw messages pop up recently. We will be using this mini-dump on an on-going basis to improve the software. In future improvements to the mini-dump capability, we will include better instructions and potentially offer automated submission of mini-dumps. This will enable us to know how frequently certain problems occur so we can be proactive in solving the most problematic defects.
Again, we have ramped up the number of developers in an effort to cut through the backlog of defects and enhancement requests. We’re very much on-track and expect to close them this year and move on to “big ideas” and exciting new things from there.
73 de Mike, WA9PIE
HRD Software, LLC
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