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Re^2: That screwdriver looks like a hammer...

by joeface (Pilgrim)
on Aug 24, 2004 at 19:46 UTC ( #385498=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: That screwdriver looks like a hammer...
in thread That screwdriver looks like a hammer...

You're not the only one with that experience.

I work as part of a team that is responsible for scores of operational activities, including "ad-hoc" monitoring of application memory use in emergencies. We were recently tasked with doing a daily check of an application's resource usage, and restarting it when usage reached a certain threshold. Manually executing this task took our best (brightest, fastest, most accurate) people 20 minutes. Yesterday afternoon I took a couple of hours to write a Perl script that does this task in 20 seconds. Everyone in the dept knows about it. Do they use it? No.

I'm confused about it -- this is a case where no tool existed in the first place. Now, a tool exists that gets this repetitive, annoying task out of the way 60x faster, and it's ignored. Humans are strange beasts :-)

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