Pastangum Felinix (pastangum) says:
Been there, patched that, Ed. (I've also been on the other side, as the one who left and had a less-experienced person take my place.
I went back for a visit some months later, and my 'replacement' was stuck trying to make sense of a slew of errors in a module which had worked fine. I took a look at the errors, knew what they meant, and showed her where she had forgotten to close a loop. That's probably how urban stories of 'the supergenius hacker' get started...
Pastangum ")" Felinix
E.T. the Eccentric Type (et_the_eccentric_type) says:
I wonder what the rest of the family looks like?
Ralf Corsten (gerbilcomics) says:
I've been following EH for a year or so now, and I just wanted to comment that this comic motivated me to make my own. It's here on WCN as well. (The Misadventures of Gerbil) Bravo, man! You've shown me how good an amateur one-man-webcomic can be! Keep 'em rolling! (And eh... I kinda stole the concept of a teenage superhero from your comic.)
Sam Schmern (the_occupant) says:
So is he an alien or some kind of Earth criter That Science Forgot?
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:
Hornswoggle's origin (and the rest of his family) will be revealed eventually.
John Campbell (jcampbel) says:
My ...favorite present from a predecessor was about 120kB of completely uncommented Perl of the "There's More Than One Way To Do It, So We Should Use The Most Opaque And Obscure Way Available" school of Perl coding. It looked like someone had puked up a half-digested sendmail.cf. The guy apparently didn't understand how to include external libraries in Perl, either... there was one massive block of code that was inlined in at least three different places. And not a single comment to help illuminate what sort of delusions were passing through his brain when he wrote the thing. I diagnosed it more by watching its data files and seeing what happened when I poked it than by trying to unravel the knot of its code.
And I ultimately used the Gordian solution... just tossed the whole mess and wrote a replacement from scratch. Mine was fully commented, a lot more clearly written, and about a third the size, even with the comments and the more verbose coding style. And it cut out about three stages of the process that served no real purpose and had previously required manual intervention, including (I kid you not) a bit where the data was packaged up and FTPed to my predecessor's new company to be processed and returned. (I was working for public television, and it was our broadcast schedule to be posted on our website, so it's not like this was confidential information or anything. But still. What. The. Hell.)Log In or Register to post a comment! It's free!