Barb (rahirah) wrote,

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Baffled by predecessors

So a while back I was asked to do a report at work. It had last been done a couple of years ago, no one had access to the original code, and I had to research the process and build it from scratch. Which was fine, except that my results were really different from the old results, and no one knew why. The other day someone was able to give me the location of the old code, and I went through it to see if I could figure out where the discrepancy was, and I discovered that it was... well, it was a hot mess, and it wasn't actually doing the thing it was supposed to do. I let my boss know, and we've all quietly agreed to just go with my version from here on out. One of my co-workers said that they'd all had similar experiences dealing with Code From The Team Before Us; it looks very impressive on first glance, but upon examination it's apparent that they didn't know what the hell they were doing.

(I mean... there was one part where they were breaking out results by month. And instead of using A) "Between Date1 and Date2" or B) Month(Date)as their filter, they used in list with EVERY FREAKING DAY OF THE MONTH. IN TWELVE SEPARATE QUERIES. I don't think it would ever have occurred to me to do it like that, even as a rank newbie. NO HUMAN BEING CODES LIKE THAT!)

Valentine's second checkup went well; the vet was very pleased with his progress -- she said he looked like a young cat now, instead of a skinny-old-man cat. He's still got some sneezes going, so she gave us some different meds to try. His breathing is much improved, though. We had Churro and Cairo in for their vaccinations today, and Little Bit goes in next week, and once that's done, and we're sure his sneezes have cleared up, we'll bring him inside. He is VERY tired of being in the cage all the time.

In skiffy news, looks like Baen's Bar has finally come in for some scrutiny after one too many members posted about destroying the infrastructure of cities to own the libs. Now, of course, the putative lib-owners are wailing and moaning that they're being oppressed, and this is the inevitable first step towards said libs destroying Baen Books altogether. Instead of, I don't know, Baen just creating and enforcing a forum moderation policy or something. These people make me tired. comment count unavailable Rants Talk to me
Tags: cats and dogs living together, work

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