Cisco CloudCenter: Get the Hybrid IT Advantage

Banana Problem

Definition - What does Banana Problem mean?

A banana problem, in IT, describes an algorithm, piece of code or technology artifact that has vague delimiters or problems with definition or scope. A banana problem may be similar to a fencepost error, which is described as a “problem with the discrete equivalent of a boundary condition.”

Techopedia explains Banana Problem

In a banana problem, it is difficult to tell where a program is supposed to stop. The phrase comes from a joke about the word banana, in which a child says: “I know how to spell banana, but I don’t know when to stop.” Likewise, in a conventional fencepost error, people or machines make mistakes on estimating where a boundary is. Programs with iterative loops can be vulnerable to fencepost errors, where a designer or developer miscounts and causes a code problem. The term “banana problem” can be used loosely to refer to a range of similar design problems.

Share this:

Connect with us

Email Newsletter

Join thousands of others with our weekly newsletter

The 4th Era of IT Infrastructure: Superconverged Systems
The 4th Era of IT Infrastructure: Superconverged Systems:
Learn the benefits and limitations of the 3 generations of IT infrastructure – siloed, converged and hyperconverged – and discover how the 4th...
Approaches and Benefits of Network Virtualization
Approaches and Benefits of Network Virtualization:
Businesses today aspire to achieve a software-defined datacenter (SDDC) to enhance business agility and reduce operational complexity. However, the...
Free E-Book: Public Cloud Guide
Free E-Book: Public Cloud Guide:
This white paper is for leaders of Operations, Engineering, or Infrastructure teams who are creating or executing an IT roadmap.
Free Tool: Virtual Health Monitor
Free Tool: Virtual Health Monitor:
Virtual Health Monitor is a free virtualization monitoring and reporting tool for VMware, Hyper-V, RHEV, and XenServer environments.
Free 30 Day Trial – Turbonomic
Free 30 Day Trial – Turbonomic:
Turbonomic delivers an autonomic platform where virtual and cloud environments self-manage in real-time to assure application performance.