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Because You Told Me To Drill Sergeant!

We did a rewrite of a truly wacky application component last year that supplied a steady stream of head scratchers.  Today I walked back into the room from a late lunch and overheard a customer support manager getting a little hot under the collar over some unexpected, strange behavior in the system.  My colleague was explaining what the system was doing when the support manager blurted out “why is it doing that?”

All of us in unison shouted at the speaker phone “because that’s what [old system] did!”

Oddly enough she didn’t care for that answer, but we were able to turn that rule off easily enough in the configuration.

About Jeremy Miller

Jeremy is the Chief Software Architect at Dovetail Software, the coolest ISV in Austin. Jeremy began his IT career writing "Shadow IT" applications to automate his engineering documentation, then wandered into software development because it looked like more fun. Jeremy is the author of the open source StructureMap tool for Dependency Injection with .Net, StoryTeller for supercharged acceptance testing in .Net, and one of the principal developers behind FubuMVC. Jeremy's thoughts on all things software can be found at The Shade Tree Developer at http://codebetter.com/jeremymiller.
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  • http://blog.robballen.com Robb Allen

    Hell, I’ve got you beat. I inherited an application that originally was written for Oracle Portal. The developer in charge converted it to .Net. Then it was dropped on my lap.

    There were numerous bugs in the original product. The developer, even though he had to convert the code 100%, brought over the bugs as well. Intentionally.

    I guess it’s part of the reason the app is now my fault…err “responsibility”.