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Re: XY Problem

by wrog (Friar)
on Dec 21, 2014 at 08:36 UTC ( #1110940=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to XY Problem

I think my favorite statement/version of this is when it's expressed in the form:

Some people, when they have a problem with X say,
"I know! I'll use Y..."
Now they have two problems.

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Re^2: XY Problem
by jdporter (Canon) on Dec 21, 2014 at 17:59 UTC

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

      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/

        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.

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