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J. David Blackstone has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering and nine years of experience at a wireless telecommunications company, where he learned Perl and never looked back. J. David has an advantage in that he works really hard, he has a passion for writing good software, and he knows many of the world's best Perl programmers.

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Thursday January 19, 2006
04:24 PM


[ #28405 ]

Me: Sure, we'll be ready to parse and load those data files on 2005-02-07. Sounds simple. No problem. We'll just need some things from you, first. Can we get a sample of the data file?

X: Well, actually we won't have any of those until the 8th. The system gets integrated on the evening of the 7th, and then we begin generating data.

Me: Well, we have your vague description of what the file will be like from which we can sort of start writing the program, but we can't test until we have test data.

My requirements manager, to X: Couldn't you please find some way to generate a minimal test file, so we could have an example to work from?

X: Well, we could provide some of that, but when the system goes live, it could be very different. I'd hate to have you guys do all that work and then find out the files we sent you don't match the real files in production.

Me (dryly): Well, that's exactly the situation we'll be in if we do the work with no files at all, right?

Notice how the time cost of my effort is assumed to be zero, except when it's convenient.

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  • You're in vacation until the 7th !
    • Heh; that did make me smile, at least.

      If only I didn't have four times a normal workload.

      Then again, on the bright side, that means I only have three times the normal workload, which is like a vacation! :)

      Actually, they are going to hunt around and find me some files.

      J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
  • I don’t understand what such people are thinking.

    Maybe the problem is my implied assumption that they are thinking.