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Re: Eureka!

by michaeld (Monk)
on Apr 30, 2003 at 14:22 UTC ( #254304=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Eureka!

The toilet is definitely number 1! *grin*
There's not many places a man can hide and find enough tranquillity to think about a problem...

As for the "Eureka-Erlebnis", this often happens to me when debugging.

I seem to be doing a lot of debugging (don't we all...) and for some reason, I seem to be quite good at it.
Some days ago, I was able to figure out why :
- before working on a problem, I always seem to make some sort of mental map of the system: programs, environment, data, anything involved in the issue really...
- experience in problem solving
- an open mind - meaning that EVERY single 'environment variable' should be taken into account and seen as a possible source of errors. Don't rule anything out!
- loads of patience...

Some of my colleagues seem to be able to pinpoint THE source of a problem in a matter of minutes. You know the sort: "It must be the data. My program just can't be wrong...".
Usually, the problem turns out to be caused by several things at the same time... and they are proven wrong.


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Re: Re: Eureka!
by benn (Vicar) on Apr 30, 2003 at 15:14 UTC
    You know the sort: "It must be the data. My program just can't be wrong..."

    <merlyn>I've written a node on that...</merlyn> :)

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