April 25, 2003

Brace yourself

If you're a programmer, you're probably familiar with the following situation: you're struggling to track down a nasty problem in something you've written. Or worse, something someone else (entirely less qualified than you) has written. And it's usually something completely trivial, and it's entering the second day of mind-numbing text-scrolling hell. You're just about to reach that point where a cocaine-addiction would seem preferable.

It's at this stage that I remember that asking someone to 'have a look' is all it takes. They won't actually have to, because you'll immediately solve the problem 30 seconds later.

Oh, by the way - it was a missing brace.

  :::  a Thought ritual performed at 12:32 PM   :::