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Re: XY Problem

by blazar (Canon)
on May 28, 2007 at 19:32 UTC ( #617871=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to XY Problem

(Late addition)

XWTFITL Problem: You want to do X, and you have no clue about how to do it. Instead of asking about X, you ask about... hey, WTF is that letter? (That is, something one can hardly make sense of.)

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Re^2: XY Problem
by lantfred (Initiate) on Sep 24, 2010 at 02:04 UTC

    You ask question X

    You get solution Y, which is 75% of X, the solution you really need

    Persevere and you can turn Solution Y into your solution X

    .....A die hard programmer....

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