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GeneralRe: Difficult Projects Pinmemberdevvvy14-Nov-12 22:34 
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GeneralRe: Difficult Projects PinmemberGary Wheeler15-Nov-12 0:42 
The most difficult job I've worked on in recent memory was a contract job I did on the side. We had a couple interface libraries for a piece of hardware we were using. The libraries were horribly buggy. The manufacturer supplied source code for all but the core library that handled communications with their device driver.
 
The code was awful. It looked like it had been written by an E.E. intern with one class in C++. We had to replace all but the core library, and that we had to develop workarounds for ridiculous bugs. The worst was having to place Sleep(1) calls after most calls to the core library. They were doing something odd with threading, and the calls wouldn't execute unless you forced a thread switch immediately after the call. We would have replaced the core library as well, but the manufacturer refused to give us their existing source code or even a spec for communicating with their driver.
 
Of course, all of this is happening on a job that was running behind schedule. I was lucky; I only lost $2500 on the job. The guy doing the hardware, whom I was working for, lost more.
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