Don't be an Idiot (like me...)
I don't feel particularly intelligent this evening.
For the last several work days, I've been fighting a bug. A pernicious bug based around security...which I couldn't find.
I'd go forwards over my code, and then backwards. Up and down. I'd check web headers, recompile and run all my tests, etc... No joy, still couldn't see the bug.
What was it?
Picture that you've got a class like this:
Later on, in another object I instantiated one of these bad boys:
What would you expect to see in the console? Obviously:
What I'd meant is for the output to be:
Can you see where I went wrong?
The getName method should have been "protected"", at least, or maybe even "public", with a friendly and handy @Override annotation to indicate that we're overriding a method in the ancestor.
I said to myself, "Self," I says, "you done stepped on your crank."
This is an obvious bit of code, right?
But what if you had this:
Now, the output is:
How can you tell if that's any different to
The fun thing is that there was a third party library handling encryption (that has caused us issues before), as well as a web API that is (by design) rather uncommunicative.
All it would say in this instance is "Bad signature." Exactly accurate, but not terribly helpful.
All the web request headers, as well as the other 6 arguments as well as those of the other 8 involved web calls were all correct.
The biggest cause (of my stupidity, I'll admit) is that everywhere else in the code, I did this:
You'll notice that I refer back to a common definition of what getRealName is supposed to do. There were three different encryption methods (each of which overrode getRealName()), and lots of other variables involved...but this was the cause.
Instead of using the common name manufacturing functions, I'd reimplemented them marking them private, for some reason. Private methods aren't, of course, overridden. Why would they be?
To make matters worse, I'd done it in a place where I was almost guaranteed to not find the issue.
Damn, another few grey hairs.
Don't be an Idiot (like me)...invent your own way. This one's mine.
I gave a talk to our department at work a week or two ago, and thought that I'd make the talk available here.
The talk is purposefully abstract and simplistic, as I feel that the Circus architecture is simple and applicable to other platforms as well as Android. I simply didn't want people to get too hung up on the platform-flavour for the talk.
If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.