Ask the guy who wrote the code

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90+% of the blocks of the code are written by some dude by the name of Charles Fuller. You don’t know who this guy is, but he must have been the guy that originally wrote the code base. You begin asking around and it turns out the guy quit for a higher paying job from Google five years ago and is no where to be found. You even try emailing him you’re so desperate but no success.

You ask one of your coworkers if you anyone was friends with this guy to get a hold of him and they tell you…”Oh yeah he’s long gone, what are you using his code base he wrote for the database management fusion-and run manager algorithm thing? Oh dude, I feel sorry for ya, that thing sucks to work on. Absolutely no one can manage to replace it. You should talk to Jerry, he was just working on that thing a few months ago and might be able to help ya out.”

  1. This seems like a fruitless effort, no way Jerry knows what’s causing this error or he’d have fixed it
  2. What’s the harm in talking to Jerry?

Published by B McGraw

B McGraw has lived a long and successful professional life as a software developer and researcher. After completing his BS in spaghetti coding at the department of the dark arts at Cranberry Lemon in 2005 he wasted no time in getting a masters in debugging by print statement in 2008 and obtaining his PhD with research in screwing up repos on Github in 2014. That's when he could finally get paid. In 2018 B McGraw finally made the big step of defaulting on his student loans and began advancing his career by adding his name on other people's research papers after finding one grammatical mistake in the Peer Review process.

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