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Thu, Nov. 11th, 2004 07:02 pm
POIM Flashback

petercooperjr and dabion might want to skip this entry.

I was just reading through my old mail archive, and I came across a bug report I had entirely forgotten about in the years since my first MQP.

Once upon a morning dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Ov'r many a quaint and curious bugs within my C,
While I debugged, hardly working, presently there came a lurking,
As of some change to the code I had not compiled before,
"Tis some bug-fix of Pete's," I muttered, "lurking in my compiler,
Only this and nothing more."

Ah distinctly I remember, 2001, on 12 November,
As each seperate module rendered, rendered its image on the core.
Eagerly I wished the error, on that bleak and cold November,
To show itself and be smited as the others I smite before,
Show itself so I might punch its ticket,
Only this and nothing more.

So I loaded up the console, looking for the changes done so,
And hoping as I had never hoped before.
The prompt can forth and then I commanded, all previous objects disbanded,
To create a new Universe, just as it had done before.
To load a Universe from harddisk,
Only this and nothing more.

As I tried to get it open, praying my code no longer broken,
Soon I had my response from the modules of C.
Blink did I, and wait a minute, for this oddball error explicit,
Did not make much sense to me. No such error made any sense to me.
Quoth the loader: "*363*"

"Oh Vile Return! Oh thing of Evil!" I tried to think of what weasel
Put such an output in my C.
"Surely," said I, "surely it was not somebody who worked on this MQP."
Such an error code, unlabelled, not showing any disabled,
Was an Evil thing to see..
Quoth the loader: "*363*"

"Perhaps it is some exception!" I cried at imminent detection,
"Yes, Pete has thrown an exception with and odd code for me to see."
So I labeled my catch output, recompiled, tested, but then put,
No credance to my theory.
All I got was "*363*"

So my partners, bear this warning; for without a new round of coding,
My fate could well befall thee. Check your code before you submit it,
Or else when somebody else runs it, it too could be for them to see
As their program fails around them,
Quoth the loader: "*363*"

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dabion
dabion
Thu, Nov. 11th, 2004 04:58 pm (UTC)

some day they are going to put me in a loony bin...

*rocks back and forth* poim... poim poim....
*cries softly*


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