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Programmer sayings...

How Random Babbling Becomes Corporate Policy

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Mad science gone horribly, horribly wrong(or right).

Programmer sayings...

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run the fuck away
Programmers have a saying: "It doesn't matter if you spell things right, so long as you spell them wrong consistently." When writing programs, a great deal of what you're doing is making up your own vocabulary and teaching it to the computer. The words we "make up" are generally based on English words of phrases- I could name my variable "xg5342Q", but for ease of reading, I'll usually pick something like "UserNameInput".

The computer doesn't care, which is why spelling properly is really just an extra. If I named my variable "UserNameInnut", and ALWAYS CALL it that, that's no problem.

Which brings us to today's brain-scratcher from my job. Two database fields that I need to update:
N_OVERIDE_FILL
N_OVERRIDE_UOM

No, that won't cause confusion. Never!
  • Consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, dontchaknow.

    My latest brain crasher is that I'm currently attempting to draft a datflow diagram of our everything, and no one really knows. So it's currently: (start); (process); (decision); (cloud); (cloud); (manual process); (cloud).....
    • Turns out, the columns named N_UOM mean something different depending on which record they're attached to, and there's no real rhyme or reason, despite the fact that it's part of the primary key in many tables.
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