Software Life Cycle

	Software  doesn't  just  appear  on  the  shelves by magic. That
	program   shink-wrapped   inside   the   box   along   with  the
	indecipherable   manual   and   12-paragraph  disclaimer  notice
	actually  came  to  you by way of an elaborate path, through the
	most  rigid  quality control on the planet. Here, shared for the
	first  time  with  the general public, are the inside details of
	the program development cycle:
 
     1. Programmer produces code he believes is bug-free.

     2. Product is tested. 20 bugs are found.

     3.	Programmer  fixes  10  of  the  bugs and explains to the testing
	department that the other 10 aren't really bugs.

     4.	Testing  department finds that five of the fixes didn't work and
	discovers 15 new bugs.

     5. See 3.

     6. See 4.

     7. See 5.

     8. See 6.

     9. See 7.

     10.See 8.

     11.Due  to  marketing  pressure and an extremely pre-mature product
	announcement  based on over-optimistic programming schedule, the
	product is released.

     12.Users find 137 new bugs.

     13.Original programmer, having cashed his royalty check, is nowhere
	to be found.

     14.Newly-assembled  programming  team  fixes  almost all of the 137
	bugs, but introduce 456 new ones.

     15.Original   programmer   sends  underpaid  testing  department  a
	postcard from Fiji. Entire testing department quits.

     16.Company  is  bought  in  a  hostile takeover by competitor using
	profits from their latest release, which had 783 bugs.

     17.New CEO is brought in by board of directors. He hires programmer
	to redo program from scratch.

     18.Programmer produces code he believes is bug-free.

     19.See step 2

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P.S. For all the Astrix fans , 
     New name for Bill Gates is Downwithunix !!

Thanks to Amolik Kadade  for this contribution.
 

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