Nature can teach us some valuable lessons about software development.
For example, today’s software and applications contain millions of lines of code written by different people or companies over time. Modifying or removing even a single piece of critical code—much like changing or eliminating a single element within an ecosystem—can disrupt the performance and integration of various software applications across IT environments.
The parallels between natural habitats and software systems remained top of mind as we developed US11698829,1 a recently patented method (known informally as the ‘829 patent) to identify root causes of software defects.
While we’re certainly not suggesting our invention is on par with nature restoring order to an altered ecosystem, the method described in the ‘829 patent may one day fundamentally change the way developers and engineers detect and correct defects in almost any type of software—like the kind that powers dashboards in cars and processes transactions for banks.