Re: Rule #1 of Software Development

Re: Rule #1 of Software Development

Robbert Haarman

2013-01-06

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Posted by inglorion
at 2014-04-03 23:48:48

The most common manifestation of this rule is when you edit and save a file, but your changes just don't seem to make a difference. Usually, this means you're editing the wrong file. Sometimes, it means the build system is broken or misconfigured, and not rebuilding targets that depend on the file you changed. However, I've seen cases where files were being written with incorrect timestamps due to a faulty system clock, which arguably qualifies as the computer being crazy.