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It's even worse when you spend hours coding something, and everything works when you test it, and then the customer breaks it in 5 seconds flat because he does something stupid that he's not supposed to do...
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I had something that worked flawlessly for me, and pass my tests for two weeks before taking it to COMDEX where it promptly crashed in front of fortunately just one person at the time. Had to take it back to the hotel room and try to hotfix it. I put a bandaid on it that also disabled a feature to get it working.
The fault was mine. Early days of professional programming for me, and I tried to do too much with not enough time.
Worst perhaps is what I've been saying throughout my entire career, and that is we, as developers, "aren't building cathedrals". What I mean by this is that most of us can spend years on some software product, and no matter how great it might be, software rarely has a shelf life of more than a few years. After a decade or two, it's like the software never existed. Cathedrals, on the other hand, are still standing after hundreds of years. Mind you, nobody might know the names of those who worked on it, but the monument still stands after centuries.
I've never been in it to "leave my mark", and I'm okay with that. But anyone in this industry who wants to make the history books will be severely disappointed.
It depends what you're working on. Probably the most useful things I did was to develop two application frameworks. One of them is still executing code over 20 years later, and the other (as far as I know) is still executing code over 35 years later. Applications are still being developed on the first one, but I'd be surprised if that was still the case with the second one.
I'd have said it depends on how badly you screw up, and how publicly as well. In my case, no history books, because nothing I do working for a market research company is going to have any lasting effect on anyone or anything, and I like it that way.
I've been playing chess since I was around 9 years old off and on. If anyone plays on chess.com I'd love to organize a CodeProject group or just add some friends. I'm not the best (~1500-1700 depending on time controls) but I'd love to play with any range of player whether I'm helping teach them or they're helping teach me.
Random chess content: View from arguably the greatest speed-chess GM Hikaru Nakamura and IM Levy Rozman on the ranking of common openings.
Chess ... chess ... Is that the one with the Horsie and the Prawns, or the BFG 6000?
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