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Maintaining Updated Bug Tracking Tools
As we become increasingly dependent upon computers in our daily lives, it is more important than ever to maintain an updated bug tracking tool. Updating bug track-ing tools ensures that your program is protected against the latest threats. Unfortu-nately, bugs are not just problems of new products. Bugs have the potential to af-fect a product throughout its lifetime performance - new bugs may develop at dif-ferent stages of a programís use.
By maintaining an updated bug tracking tool, users can help protect a program against these unpleasant new threats to their products. Without updating a tool, however, the user is preventing the bug tracking software from operating thor-oughly. An older tool lapses into uselessness if it is not updated as it loses the abil-ity to properly track and fix all of the bugs that might affect it.
Bug tracking tools work effectively by storing information about bugs in a data-base. When new bugs arise, they are tracked, researched, and fixed. This informa-tion is then entered into the database by software developers, thus updating the in-formation. The information stored in the database provides a kind of bug encyclo-pedia to software developers who ensure that bugs do not develop into detrimental program problems. Every time a new bug develops, and a new solution is discov-ered, this information is recorded. Updating this database on your tool is a vital part of ensuring that a program is protected against the latest threats.
Bug tracking tools operate in one of two ways, depending on the tool. Some tools are web-based, and some are not. Those that are web-based are very simple to up-date. When updates become available, the connection between your tool and its presence on the internet automatically updates the bug tracking database. These updates are installed without the userís participation. Tools that are not web-based, however, require users to manually update their databases. These manual updates present themselves in the form of download alerts. When the user sees an alert that advertises a new update, the update must be manually downloaded and installed by the user. In this way, users can ensure that their bug tracking software remains a vital tool in a productís quality assurance.