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Oct 9 / kkrizka

Top 20 Reponses From Programmers When Their Programs Don’t Work

There is a hilarious post on the Ray of Hope blog outlining the 20 responses that programmers give when their programs stop working during the demo. Anyone who has ever done any programming should be familiar with several of them. I remember myself saying several of those lines verbatim!

  1. “That’s weird…”
  2. “It’s never done that before.”
  3. “It worked yesterday.”
  4. “How is that possible?”
  5. “It must be a hardware problem.”
  6. “What did you type in wrong to get it to crash?”
  7. “There is something funky in your data.”
  8. “I haven’t touched that module in weeks!”
  9. “You must have the wrong version.”
  10. “It’s just some unlucky coincidence.”
  11. “I can’t test everything!”
  12. “THIS can’t be the source of THAT.”
  13. “It works, but it hasn’t been tested.”
  14. “Somebody must have changed my code.”
  15. “Did you check for a virus on your system?”
  16. “Even though it doesn’t work, how does it feel?
  17. “You can’t use that version on your system.”
  18. “Why do you want to do it that way?”
  19. “Where were you when the program blew up?”
  20. “It works on my machine.”


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  1. WorldLifeSite / Oct 15 2007

    Really funny and true.

  2. Paul / Oct 22 2007

    So true, I just knew “That’s weird” would be number one before the list appeared.

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