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Re: Greatest programming mistakes and what to learn from

by zentara (Archbishop)
on Dec 23, 2004 at 12:19 UTC ( #417060=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Greatest programming mistakes and what to learn from

I still smile to myself, when I remember this.

I was working at a Community College, back in the 70's, running programs thru punch cards on a shared mainframe (which serviced all the colleges in the state), and developing some Fortran software for an automatic-random-question-test system for a professor. Anyways, I wasn't sure how a certain loop would output, so I needed to run through about 1000 simulations. Well, being a dummy, I made each loop to be a separate process, instead of all under one process and I overloaded the process_queue on the mainframe, and shut the whole works down. The professor and sys-admin were quite annoyed because they were blamed. :-)

What did I learn? I learned..."don't do that again" :-)

I'm not really a human, but I play one on earth. flash japh
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