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The Weird and The Wonderful forum is a place to post Coding Horrors, Worst Practices, and the occasional flash of brilliance.

We all come across code that simply boggles the mind. Lazy kludges, embarrassing mistakes, horrid workarounds and developers just not quite getting it. And then somedays we come across - or write - the truly sublime.

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BobJanova5-Dec-12 1:22
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GeneralLocalization is great Pin
Bernhard Hiller29-Nov-12 21:53
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We are running a Jenkins service for automatically building our projects and also our setups (with a call to Visual Studio's command line). Now, one of the setups failed. I scrutinized the output for finding the reason - but no, everything was marked fine. At least I thought so when I searched for "Fehler" (German word for "error"), since the entries were like e.g. "51 erfolgreich, Fehler bei 0," or "0 Fehler, 1 Warnungen" just everywhere. Why did it fail then?
Well, I tried the a search for "error" - and voilà here it is: "error MSB3104: Die referenzierte <Path-to-some\Other.dll>-Assembly wurde nicht gefunden..." The error message is available in a nice mixture of German and English.
Great idea: if something goes wrong, use the English term "error", otherwise use German.
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