I Want A BVT Blocking Bug For The Holidays

[To John Rox’s “I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas”, which has long been my favorite holiday song, and not only because it is accompanied by solo bassoon!] I want a BVT blocking bug for the holidays*A BVT blocking bug I’m asking forDon’t want no UI bug, no meas-l-y P4I want a bug that crashes my…

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Klutzes, Savants, And Mediums (Oh My)

Recently I overheard a developer describing how his wife constantly interrupts him when he is thinking (i.e., seemingly doing nothing) rather than waiting until he was at a place where he could process what she had to say. It seems he has taken to kicking off a full build when he needs to think, as…

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Contracted Conversations

A colleague: “I don’t understand it. I lived with my wife for eight years before we were married and she never cared what time I got home from work. Ever since I put on this wedding ring, though, she expects me there at six o’clock on the dot!” Me: “Didn’t you read the EULA on…

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Call Stack

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A Tester’s Rejoinder

[To the tune of Van Halen’s Finish What Ya Started] Come on Barry finish what ya startedInto your office all these bugs I’ve cartedNow fire up your IDEThere’s quite a lot I agreeYou wanted bugs, now you’ve got themNow fire up your big brain stemThe repro steps are crisp and clearPlease get started while I…

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A Developer’s Demands

[To the tune of Wang Chung’s Let’s Go] This is my applicationIt is perfect in every wayAll that is left is for you to sign off So I’ll leave you to your workAnd I’ll go home to sleepIt won’t take you long, my code is so boff I wish you’d stop what you’re doingAnd work…

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I Don’t Think That’s Exactly What They Meant, Exactly

A hotel I was in recently had a toilet: I found that sign over the toilet rather interesting: Um, I can think of at least two other things which are going into their septic system!

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AYE – Amenities

The conference hotel was one of those every-room-is-a-suite places. I found having an extra room helpful even though I wasn’t in my room much. The hotel food was standard hotel food which I didn’t bother eating. (A healthier menu with organic ingredients next year please!) Fortunately an organic grocery store was less than thirty minutes…

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AYE – Friday

Friday I recuperated from the week of brain stuffing, intellectual and emotional stimulation, and long days by motoring up to Sedona, where I processed my week (and wrote this) with the assistance of an energy vortex or four.

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AYE – Thursday

Thursday was SHAPE Day, a gathering of those conference attendees who are also members of Jerry Weinberg’s SHAPE Forum. We started out about twenty, which number dwindled throughout the day as people left for the airport. This was effectively a live, in-person version of the Forum, replete with much good advice, the uncovering of a…

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