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Matthew Leverton
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January 1999
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The general concept behind the song is good. We definitely need more tracks for the A.cc Music CD. >:(

Another thing that is very common among the novice n00bs is the notion that their code is perfect, and that instead the library, the compiler, the OS, or the computer must just be very buggy. I saw a lot of that when teaching first and second level C++ courses, and of course it happens here too. :-X

"I think I found a bug in the rand() function!" a student might say.

"Why are you passing it two parameters?" I may ask as a follow up. :'(

Arthur Kalliokoski
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February 2005
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Another thing that is very common among the novice n00bs is the notion that their code is perfect, and that instead the library, the compiler, the OS, or the computer must just be very buggy.

I remember going to school to learn COBOL with punch cards etc. 30 years ago and it was drilled into our heads that the computer never makes mistakes, it might be stupid but does exactly what you tell it every time. This was a bit too much to swallow, but a dozen years later when the Pentium FDIV bug came along, it fell into perspective, that while not impossible it was very, very unlikely.

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OTOH, this was before I got the Borland compiler. :P

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Tobias Dammers
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August 2002
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"I think I found a bug in the rand() function!" a student might say.

..."it returns a different value each time I call it!" ::)

Well, actually, the fact that when something goes wrong, it's your own stupid fault is one of the things I like so much about being a programmer.

Anyway, back OT: Let's get this song started, shall we? Although I think a jazz waltz is pretty difficult to get right, composition wise.

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james_lohr
Member #1,947
February 2002

At work almost every bit of my code that goes wrong is due to Java being inferior to C#. ::) Today it was TreeSet using the comparator instead of .equals to guarantee set behaviour. Yesterday it was a generic list accepting a lookup on an object of the wrong type.

Sure, it was me making stupid mistakes, but it's still annoying that the mistakes are down to the language being a bit of a mess.

I've had to set Netbeans to display string == comparisons as error level because of the number of times I've made this embarrassing mistake. :-/

Bruce Perry
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April 2000

Yesterday it was a generic list accepting a lookup on an object of the wrong type.

Agreed - I hate that!

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Johan Halmén
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September 2001

Let's get this song started, shall we? Although I think a jazz waltz is pretty difficult to get right, composition wise

I'm not very picky. If anyone needs some more music to get inspired to write more lyrics, I'll be happy to make some. So far, what we have in my example is only the last phrase of either the verse (A-part) or the chorus (B-part). And there's a hint of what could be a vamp between the verses. Or the actual chords in say the 1st half of the verse: Dm - G/D - Dm7 - G/D

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Um... didn't hear a thing from the bass when I did that in 10 minutes. Too small speakers in my monitor.

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