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I hate Programming!!!!!!!

Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by Fergal1982, Mar 6, 2008.

  1. Fergal1982

    Fergal1982 Petabyte Poster

    Twice in the last week, I've had crippling bugs in two of my systems that I've been patently unable to resolve, despite numerous attempts.

    Finally bit the bullet with both and posted a request to the vendor for assistance.

    In both cases, my boss, when he had a moment to talk to me and take a look at the issue, pinpointed the precise problem (both PEBKAC issues) in about 2 minutes, without even so much as looking at the code.

    Look like a right div now. mutter. some days, I really do hate programming.
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  2. onoski

    onoski Terabyte Poster

    I understand your frustration as some days in IT as a career and doing usual stuff that does not work gets irritating.

    But hey! that's why we get paid a lot of money for being in IT:) well unfortunately not a lot of us gets paid that much.
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  3. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

    This is actualy a version of a well-known debugging technique.

    When you are completely stumped as to where a problem is get a co-worker along and start explaining the problem to them.

    Either you will immediately see the problem, or the co-worker will. :p

    I have used this many times down the years!

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  4. tripwire45
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    tripwire45 Zettabyte Poster

    The trick is, to be able to do the same thing for a co-worker when he or she is at the end of their rope. I'm sure when you provide that "service" for someone else, it'll do wonders for your ego. :wink:
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  5. nugget
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    nugget Junior toady

    Often you'll be so 'into' the code you can't actually see and it takes an outsider to see the simple things.
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  6. ffreeloader

    ffreeloader Terabyte Poster

    That happens to every troubleshooter no matter what the field they work in. Sometimes the obvious just doesn't jump out at you because you're so involved with the forest you can't see the trees, and someone else who walks up isn't involved in looking at the forest so they see the trees right away. I can't say that I know of one troubleshooter to whom it hasn't happened more than once.

    Sometimes all it takes is removing yourself from the frustration of the moment and thinking about something else for a little while, then coming back to the problem with a new attitude. I've had the "aha" moments that solved really knotty problems even while consciously thinking about non-related subjects.
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  7. Phoenix
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    Phoenix 53656e696f7220 4d6f64

    Yup, plenty of times I have been stumped on a problem only to solve it on the bus home with some music pouring in from the ipod

    it's a bit of pain to get off the bus and go back though! :D
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  8. Mathematix

    Mathematix Megabyte Poster

    I've lost count the number of times I've solved problems overnight. Another thing that you should be aware of is familiarity with the code base; it's impossible for you to spot problems as quickly as someone else working with the code a lot longer than you have been.

    Then again, if it's your own code... :blink
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