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Re^2: XY Problem

by jdporter (Canon)
on Dec 21, 2014 at 17:59 UTC ( #1110974=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: XY Problem
in thread XY Problem

Yeah, that's not really the same as an XY problem, though.

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Re^3: XY Problem
by Anonymous Monk on Dec 21, 2014 at 18:34 UTC

    What? Yes it is.

    Plus, it's meant to be funny, and I think it is. It's just a play on a famous quote, one variant of which is

    Some people, when confronted with a problem, think "I know, I'll use regular expressions." Now they have two problems.

      That's not the same. XY is when you have one problem, but it isn't the one you think you have, or at least isn't the one you're admitting you have.

        I certainly won't try to claim all XY problems have this form, but it does seem to account for a lot of them.

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