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Re: Stupid Emotional Programmer Attachment, anyone?

by barrd (Parson)
on Oct 31, 2003 at 16:25 UTC ( #303589=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Stupid Emotional Programmer Attachment, anyone?

Anyone else have favourite bits of code of which they're inordinately proud?
Too bloomin' right ;)

Back in '95 myself and a friend working for a London based company had been told by several companies that what we were proposing was "JUST NOT POSSIBLE". I won't go into the semantics and back then I was a complete novice but I listened to these supposed experts and said "nah, they're talking ****".

Three months later we proved them all wrong - it took a *nix box, an Apple Mac and a NT server, and it was a gluing app that I wrote that connected all three to do the job that we needed. The Mac provided the security, the *nix (Slackware) box the connectivity and the NT box the background functionality to get the project off the ground using {pleeugh} VB.

Apart from the VB everything else was written in perl (inc. the Mac using V.8.x and MacPerl). It was secure, robust and some elements are still running to this day.

That was my proudest moment when several months later the same 'experts' from all the companies were in a room with us both and they all apologised and wanted to know how the hell we had done it...

"Perl" was my reply :)


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