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25 things you’ve said in your career as a software engineer. Admit it!

This article is inspired by an older blog post. I’ve updated it to reflect modern languages and technologies.

  1. “It works fine on MY computer. Come and see it in action if you don’t believe me”
  2. “Who did you login as? Are you an administrator?”
  3. “It’s not a bug, it’s a feature”
  4. “That’s weird…”
  5. “It’s never done that before.”
  6. “It worked yesterday.”
  7. “How is that possible?”
  8. “Have you checked your network connection /settings.” (Especially when the application is too sloooow)
  9. “You must entered wrong data and crashed it?”
  10. “There is something funky in your data.”
  11. “I haven’t touched that part of the code for weeks!”
  12. “You must have the wrong library version.”
  13. “It’s just some unlucky coincidence, so don’t bother”
  14. “I can’t unit test everything!”
  15. “It’s not my fault. It must be that opensource library I’ve used.”
  16. “It works, but I didn’t write any unit tests.”
  17. “Somebody must have changed my code.”
  18. “Did you check for a virus on your system?”
  19. “Even though it doesn’t work, how does it feel?”
  20. “You can’t use that version on your operating system.”
  21. “Why do you want to do it that way?”
  22. “Where were you when the program blew up?”
  23. “I’m pretty sure I’ve already fixed that.”
  24. “Have you restarted your Application Server/DB Server/Machine after upgrading?”
  25. ”Which version of JRE / JDK / JVM have you installed?”

Feel free to add your own. I’m sure there are plenty!!

Reference: 25 things you’ve said in your career as a software engineer. Admit it! from our JCG partner Papapetrou P. Patroklos at the Only Software matters blog.

Patroklos Papapetrou

Patroklos is an experienced JavaEE Software Engineer and an Agile enthusiast seeking excellence in software quality. He is also co-Author of the Sonar in Action book, and contributor of several Sonar plugins.
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11 years ago

Importing the packages!

Mali Ko
11 years ago

hahaha yeah ‘clear your cache’ i overuse that one

andres salazar
andres salazar
10 years ago

“Did you try deleting the folders: log, temp, and deployments in the server?”

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