Two programming-related jokes that amused me
“I have always wished for my computer to be as easy to use as my telephone; my wish has come true because I can no longer figure out how to use my telephone.”
Danish computer scientist Bjarne Stroustrup
Of course, we professional programmers never make mistakes, ahem. Thatâ€™s why we never need to use debuggers, ahem.
Well suspend belief for a moment, and assume that I had a bug in the code I was developing. You know the feeling, you stare at it, you write unit tests, you stare at it some more, and still canâ€™t work out why on earth Visual Studio is claiming that there is an error in your code, when itâ€™s so obvious that there isnâ€™t. You even get to the point of talking to your computer, pointing out the error of its ways…
I was underwhelmed at being awarded two separate recognitions for my contribution to the community.
Read on and be as underwhelmed as I was!
Sadly, whilst building a solution yesterday, my machine started behaving in a very weird manner, with applications not responding, the taskbar disappearing and so on, followed by the dreaded blue screen of death. When I checked the event log after pulling the plug out (I hate doing that!) and rebooting, I found lots of errors, which led me to a Microsoft Connect article (now sadly removed) where someone was reporting a very similar problem.
To my amazement, the very last comment by a Microsoft employee in response to this bus report was â€œThis is known issue, this bug was resolved by mistake, we are already addressing this issue.â€
Surely they didnâ€™t mean that did they? Someone tell me I read that wrong!