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Re^6: Keeping, and advancing in, your job

by Anonymous Monk
on Mar 04, 2005 at 06:18 UTC ( #436465=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^5: Keeping, and advancing in, your job
in thread Keeping, and advancing in, your job

"Code will not suddenly develop bugs"

Yes, code can "suddenly" develop bugs, if something external changes, such as the environment or input data (remember Y2K?). Just because "it's been working for years" doesn't mean it can't break in the future, even without a code change.


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Re^7: Keeping, and advancing in, your job
by dragonchild (Archbishop) on Mar 04, 2005 at 12:24 UTC
    1. Many of those applications that were hit by Y2K were developed 20+ years earlier and were supposed to live for 5-10 years. They were way out of spec.
    2. It's arguable that 2-digit years were a premature optimization, hence a bug.

    The point behind me statement is that many younger developers feel that code "rots" - that it will break in spontaneous ways if they don't get to rewrite it. If it worked yesterday and, all things being equal, no-one touched the code/environment, it will most likely work today.

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