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Re: Programming Brain-Cramp

by SparkeyG (Curate)
on Aug 20, 2001 at 08:42 UTC ( #106132=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Programming Brain-Cramp

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Late night programming back at University, I got the project to compile and respond properly to test data.

Success thought I. Since the prof took of points for style of code, I figured I would clean up the code... After cleaning up the code, removing debug print statements, renaming varibles from c1 to innerLoopCounter, and the like, the code compiled.
I turned in the project, took the test, and as I was leaving the TA took me aside and asked why I had turned in a non-working project. I was confused, it worked last night...
Ended up scouring 2.5kloc for wtf I did wrong when I tried to 'clean up' the code. Ended up I had renamed the same var in two different places. *DOH!!!!*
The lesson for the day? -- Don't fix, what ain't broken.

--SparkeyG

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Re: Re: Programming Brain-Cramp
by Anonymous Monk on Aug 21, 2001 at 05:27 UTC
    I'd say that the lesson that day was "Use real var names during development"

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[marto]: hey Corion, good weekend?
[Corion]: marto: Yeah, even though I didn't write any code :)
[Corion]: But at least I have a plan of action to move the site to https, played some (free!) VR games with friends and watched the plans for the next German Perl workshop progress ;)
[Corion]: AltSpace VR is amazingly good - highly polished and with some of the games you get for free what you'd pay EUR 20 or EUR 40 otherwise
[Corion]: But maybe it's also due to that I play with friends, which makes a game more enjoyable anyway ;)
[Corion]: Oh - I released a new version of some module, thanks to a pull request. But I don't consider "update Makefile.PL" and "update author tests" as "writing code" ;-D

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