Pull through or just let it rip?

Thursday, March 12, 2009 12:33 AM

I guess this statement about what Bolliger said speaks for itself.

"Reportedly, when John Wardley about to test the roller coaster for the first time, asked Walter Bolliger, "What if the coaster stalls? How will we get the trains back to the station?". Bolliger replied, "Our coasters never stall. They always work perfectly the first time." True to his word, the roller coaster executed its first lap of the track exactly as planned."

Last edited by Chitown, Thursday, March 12, 2009 12:35 AM
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Thursday, March 12, 2009 5:08 AM

Amnesiac said:
You're right Jeff. It's called the B&M Ball, a small self-powered maintenance pod designed to navigate around any B&M coaster track to help with inspection. There is a picture of it here.

I wanna go on that ride, daddy!

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Friday, March 13, 2009 8:40 AM

eric.walton said:
Testing in software is much more like testing a roller coaster, yet again, not quite. You test major functions, if things fail - no one dies. You don't test every single process or component. Why? Because no one dies.

Not quite. Part of our final release is Structural Coverage Testing. Which means making sure every node of the embedded software is run through at least once by a test case.

Of course, our software also flies airplanes, so if it fails, people die.

But for 99% of the software out there, you don't need to test every corner case. Just checking that standard functionality is there and working properly is good enough.

As for the ball, I'm with Josh. I wonder how much it would cost to get B&M to bring that out AND get a park to agree to let me put it on their coaster. I'm thinking I needed to hit the Mega Millions last week.

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