• Please keep in touch

    From 6th October 2009, no one should expect to receive new emails signed like this:
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    Herb Miller
    Senior IT Specialist
    CLS AD Transition
    + Mail Point: DGC (CLS), North Harbour, Portsmouth
    ( Int : 37251581 Ext : +44 (0)2392 561581
    : Notes : Herb P Miller/UK/IBM
    @ Sametime / E-Mail : herb miller@uk.ibm.com
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    Instead, they will either be from herb_miller@btinternet.com or my gmail address herbmiller777@gmail.com





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  • ghoti spells fish

    Just in case you weren’t sure what “ghoti” is here’s one of many entries you can find on the subject.
    Ghoti – wikipedia’s entry

    I’ve also heard that ghoti is the Hindu word for marbles. This rather confused some of my Indian colleagues who had not read So long and thanks for all the fish, by Douglas Adams.

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  • Didn’t Matter Anyway

    I’d like to share with you the lyrics of a song
    I have learnt to love in the past few years
    and which aptly describes my feelings as I contemplate my impending retirement.

    Didn’t matter anyway
    words and music by Richard Sinclair



    It didn’t matter anyway
    We’ll meet again some other day
    Till then keep well
    You’ll be in my dreams
    Goodnight, goodbye, bye for now…

    The time has come to leave you
    Please don’t feel alone
    For now that we’ve met
    There’ll be a way to reach you and say
    ‘Never mind…’

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  • How many bugs in blank lines

    Did you know that a blank line can cause syntax errors?

    The number of blank lines that I have been responsible for maintaining is an estimate based on
    summary figures for projects I have worked on since the mid 90’s

    In 4 projects, written in C, the total lines of code and total blank lines are:

    Project,Total lines,Blank lines,Comments
    A,391343,40415
    B,735210,72433
    C,306296,41813
    D,1638651,271658

    An example of a blank line causing a syntax error is:

    void main( void )
    {
    #define blankmac
    int a = 1

    ;
    blankmac
    }

    So you can imagine how many potential bugs there are in these projects given that on average there’s one every 1,000 lines!

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  • Avoid saying I didn’t think you’d find it

    I also learnt that when a tester complains about a problem you were already aware of the list of
    acceptable responses does not include “I didn’t think you’d find it”

    Many years later, after I’d avoided the customer care course, the following events took place

    1. I found a bug in some code, only a couple of days before we released it
    2. Discussed it with development manager
    3. We agreed that it was a very unlikely situation
    4. So we released the code unchanged… our testing was 95% complete
    5. System test found it on day one of testing
    6. They reported the problem
    7. I looked at their error log
    8. It was exactly the same as mine
    9. So I said “Yes, we know about the problem”
    10. I explained the situation under which it occurred
    11. Tester asked “So you released code with a known problem?”
    12. And I replied “Well, I didn’t think you’d find it”
    13. Oops

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