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Posted Wednesday, December 3, 2003 12:00 AM
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As a DBA I expect all submitted code to be commented.
The comments should detail up front which tables are going to be used, what variables if any are declared and what they are supposed to be etc.

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Posted Wednesday, December 17, 2003 2:37 AM


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As a DBA I expect all submitted code to be commented.
The comments should detail up front which tables are going to be used, what variables if any are declared and what they are supposed to be etc.

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Does it work?

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In my environment yes because
  • I have a suitable carrot (the keys to the bosses drinks cabinet and the ability to sign expense forms).
  • I have a suitable stick (I contribute to their appraisals).
  • I practice what I preach.
  • Our projects come back to haunt us and when they haunt the person performing the exorcism may not necessarily be the person who originally wrote the code.

I stress that the projects that come back to haunt do so, not because of poor quality, but because we deal with government projects and tend to get repeat business requiring reworking due to fundamental changes in requirements.

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Posted Wednesday, December 17, 2003 3:24 AM


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Ah yes, ask the user what he wants and he starts thinking (maybe the first time) on what he's doing the whole day

In another forum I found an interesting definition of USER
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"USER, n.: The word computer professionals use when they mean 'idiot.'" Dave Barry



When you deal with government, do you get your payment in time?

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I used to work on an HP3000 mini-computer where the console had ultimate control followed by administrators followed by users.

We had a utility that let us impersonate differing levels of access.
To impersonate the console we typed GOD.
To return to administrive roles we typed MORTAL.
To impersonate a user we typed TIT.

Enough said

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Posted Wednesday, December 17, 2003 4:01 AM


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TIT ????

TIT Taste in Television (Married with Children)
TIT Teacher in Training
TIT Technician Induced Trouble
TIT Tenchi In Tokyo (anime)
TIT Tennessee Institute of Technology
TIT Ternary Digit
TIT The Internet Times
TIT This Is Terrible
TIT This Is Thailand (Bangkok Post)
TIT This Is True
TIT Time in Transit
TIT Titus
TIT Tokyo Institute of Technology
TIT Torpedo Impulse Tank
TIT Trotters Independent Trading
TIT Trotter's International Trading
TIT Tugaya Institute of Technology
TIT Turbine Inlet Temperature

The results from http://www.acronymfinder.com/af-query.asp?String=exact&Acronym=tit

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Sorry, forgot the language barrier.

They say that eskimos have thousands of names for snow, the British have millions that can be used as insults.

Bodily parts can be used as insults and tit is one of the milder ones. Given the nature of the bodily part its can even be regarded as an affectionate insult.

British insults range from "affectionate greeting" to genuine full-blooded "I'd like to do unto you what God did unto the Sodomites"!

People's names can also be used in a derogatory sense. For example the phrase "doing a Mandy" refers to a scam in the property trade that was carried out by one of our politicians (Peter Mandleson) where you sell a £300,000 house for £250,000 (thereby falling into a lower tax threshold) but charge £50,000 for fixtures and fittings.

In fact the British have turned insulting people into such an art form that the mere sending of a Christmas card can be deemed to be a gross insult (according to one of our more useless politicians).

If you have ever read "The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy" there is a character in it who had immortality thrust upon him. Unable to cope with the shock of finding himself imortal he decided to devote his time to insulting each an every being in the universe personally. I'd like to think of him as British.

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Posted Wednesday, December 17, 2003 5:49 AM


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You mean the Douglas Adams' book?
If so, wasn't this character the robot?

Me thinks the British have served the art of insulting very well in having black puddding and serving warm beer

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Yep, Douglas Adams.

The robot was Marvin the paranoid android but I'm thinking of a character in a later book in the series but can't think of his name.

There is a message for all computer programmers in this book when the computer, "Deep Thought" finally gives his answer to life the universe and everything but says that the programmers should have specified the ultimate question first! If that doesn't sum up user requirements then I don't know what does.

I particularly liked God's last message to his creation "We apologise for the inconvenience".

In addition to your warm beer and black-pudding I think you should add haggis and bagpipes (I know we didn't invent bagpipes but we do persist in playing them).


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