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Sometimes, I'm almost smart [May. 23rd, 2006|01:05 pm]
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Yesterday, I was working on a bug in my code where the simulator module was getting stuck, reliably, if I ran it with a particular seed for the random number generator. Tracking down bugs in your own code always makes you feel dumb, because not only do you know you made a mistake, you don't understand what the mistake was while you're trying to find it.

At the end of the day, I had figured out what was wrong (which made me feel smart) and wrote a fix for it. But then I tested it and it was behaving weirdly in a different way, so I said to heck with it (feeling vaguely dumb again) because it was time to go home, and I resolved to fix it today. At worst, I could hack sideways around it.

I got in this morning and looked more closely at the output that the program was generating, and I realized that, hey, my fix did work! It was just continuing on past the point where it was getting stuck, so I was looking at the wrong output yesterday, and if I went back further, lo and behold, it was all correct now! Hooray, I'm smart again! So I tided up and committed the changes and set the simulator running through its little loops while I did other things.

Just now, I got back from lunch and checked in on the output from the simulator -- and it had gotten stuck in the exact same place! WTF?

...And then I realized that, while my fix had, indeed, solved the problem, it doesn't do any good if you're still using the old version of the program!

Back to dumb. I copied the new version of the program over to my simulation directory, and I'm eagerly waiting for the simulator to get past seed number 10219 so I can feel smart again.

UPDATE: 10222! Yay, I can be smart again!
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[User Picture]From: ng_nighthawk
2006-05-23 01:19 pm (UTC)
Congrats on smartitude.

My moment yesterday came when I used my automated dynamic web-test generator tool to generate 322 tests from xml input against the new web server code I was delivered. The test took about 10 minutes and there was one error--which was an error in the code I was delivered, not my xml or my tool.

I was totally in "wow I'm smart" land.

Of course, I imagine there's something slightly more satisfying in actually doing something with your code rather than just using it to check someone else's. :)
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[User Picture]From: x10
2006-05-23 01:39 pm (UTC)
I get this a lot while writing. Write (Thinking, wow, even I am kinda excited by how good this is flowing). Edit (I am a drooling moron who can't think, let alone type). Re-Read (Its actually kind of good, now that it makes sense).
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