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My wife is naive

I’ve had a bit of a crunch this week to get a client demo put together.  Yesterday I had planned to take an earlier train home to regain some family time.  I called my wife to tell her that things weren’t going so well.  I explained that we couldn’t get the web services to install correctly on the UAT server, and she immediately responded with:  “why wouldn’t it work on the server if it works on your computer?”  Oh sweetie, let me count the ways….


For posterity’s sake, there were too many differences:

Java 1.5.11 on my computer, Java 1.6 on the UAT server (gonna change that to be consistent)

Windows XP on my computer, Linux on the UAT server (don’t think this is actually a problem, but still)

Different Maven targets to deploy on my desktop as opposed to the server. That’s the big no-no, but I’m a Java neophyte on Tomcat/Apache Axis.


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://fugato.net/ Gulli

    Dude, no matter how little you mean it, you do NOT put that in a heading on your blog! : )

  • http://www.adronbhall.name Adron

    Crap. I just realized your in NY… they have lots of those trains.

    I’m reading far too many blog entries tonight… they’re cross posted in my head now. :(

  • http://www.adronbhall.name Adron

    People in Florida take the trains?!?? You gotta be kidding me. I thought the south had banned those things. 😮

  • http://weblogs.asp.net/bsimser Bil Simser

    Do we need to give you one of these:

  • http://community.hdri.net/blogs/chads_blog cmyers

    This is where virtual machines save your butt. I’m surprised people don’t use them more. It’s so nice to have a replica of the production environment that I can carry around with me.

  • Harold

    With a title like that, your wife is gonna kick your ass.

  • http://dotnet.kapenilattex.com Jon Limjap

    Why didn’t you just tell her that “oh honey the computers are different”. My computer is like me. The server is like your mother. Either it’s being difficult, or it wants to be difficult even if it doesn’t have to.

    Of course that would’ve ensured that you slept on the couch but, you got the point across easily!