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Re^3: XY Problem

by Anonymous Monk
on Dec 21, 2014 at 18:34 UTC ( #1110979=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^2: XY Problem
in thread XY Problem

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.

http://programmers.stackexchange.com/questions/223634/what-is-meant-by-now-you-have-two-problems
http://regex.info/blog/2006-09-15/247
http://www.xkcd.com/1171/

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Re^4: XY Problem
by jdporter (Canon) on Dec 25, 2014 at 05:32 UTC

    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.

        Yeah.... no. See all my quotes above. None of them describe the situation you're talking about.

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