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It’s much easier to debug when your program does the exact same thing every time you run it.

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person (thinking): “the bug only happens 10% of the time, it’s SO HARD to figure out if my change fixed it or not.”

There are a bunch of tools for controlling your program’s inputs to reduce randomness, for example: - many random number generators let you set the seed so you get the same results every time. - faketime fakes the current time. - libraries like ruby’s vcr can record http requests. - record/replay debuggers like rr record everything.

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