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Re: Useless/Interesting Error Messages

by KeighleHawk (Scribe)
on Mar 08, 2005 at 21:01 UTC ( #437727=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Useless/Interesting Error Messages

Although I've seen and written amusing error messages my personal favorite was an entire enterprise application that never threw a single error, EVER.

It was an Oracle Forms application and part of the spec requried all excepetions to be "handled." The spec was sent out of shop. Naturally, the initial code was stubbed out with place holders for all the exception handling code.

Unfortunatly, as often happens, time ran short and dead lines loomed. The code "ran" so was returned to us, where it "passed" all our tests. So, we shipped it :-D :-D :-D

I had never seen anyone actually "turn white" untill the day someone broke the code open and informed the CEO (it was also a small company) what we'd just shipped. You could almost see the blood drain out of his face like a thermometer that had just gotten thrown into a blizzard.

I guess it must be the part of me that is my evil twin that still remembers that so fondly...

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[Lady_Aleena]: Renaming things like get_THAC0 to just THAC0 was easy. These are harder.
[james28909]: consolidate the three subs into one
[Lady_Aleena]: Um, what?
[james28909]: check is is data or hash or array and do tasks then return needed data
[Lady_Aleena]: james28909, you might want to look at the other two on my scratchpad.
[james28909]: after you send to a sub, you can check if it is array or ref ect with ref
[james28909]: check if it is a hash or an array ect with ref in one sub.

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