Bug Busting With AWS
Written by Sue Gee   
Friday, 25 June 2021

Amazon has announced AWS BustBust as the world’s first global competition for Java and Python developers to collectively fix 1 million bugs and save $100M in technical debt with the help of machine-learning provided by Amazon CodeGuru. 

Amazon CodeGuru is a machine learning service for automated code reviews and application performance recommendations. Its headline claim is that it helps developers identify the most expensive lines of code in their applications. It consists of  a Reviewer that  scans for critical issues, identifies bugs, and recommends how to remediate them; and a Profiler that helps developers find an application’s most expensive lines of code along with specific visualizations and recommendations on how to improve code to save money.

CodeGuru was first showcased at Amazon's re:Invent conference in December 2019 and reached GA status in July 2020. The AWS BugBust can be seen as a re-launch of CodeGuru to get it more widely adopted - and even if you have already exhausted its free trial period signing up for AWS BugBust gives you 30 days free access.

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Introducing AWS BugBust, Amazon's CTO Werner Vogels, admits that fixing bugs is a very necessary but tedious part of the job of a developer. He suggests that gamification is a good way to get teams and companies to devote time to this task and this is the thinking behind AWS BugBust, billed as

the world’s first global challenge for developers to eliminate software bugs, improve application reliability, and save money for their organizations in a fun and engaging format.

The idea being promoted is that organizations schedule an, AWS BugBust event, online of course, in which developers compete by claiming and busting bugs in their applications. The more bugs developers fix, the higher they climb up the AWS BugBust leaderboard to receive achievement badges and exclusive prizes. For 100 points you earn a T-shirt, 2000 points is required for an AWS BugBust Varsity Jacket and 10,000 for a trophy. And  if you are among the top 10 BugBusters you could qualify for these include an expenses paid trip to attend AWS re:Invent 2021 in Las Vegas. 

The novel element of this contest is the use of Amazon CodeGuru Reviewer and Amazon CodeGuru Profiler. These are AWS cloud-based tools that use machine learning to identify an application’s most expensive lines of code and provide intelligent recommendations to improve code quality. Signing up to AWS BugBust automatically gives you 30 days free usage of these tools and presumably organizations that discover the benefits of using them will be won over to paying for them going forward.  

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