April 18th, 2013

device

Signs of experience

When you run your program for the first time in two months:
  • A beginner has no idea whether it will run or not.

  • A journeyman engineer will assume that of *course* it will run properly. It's just code, after all, and I haven't touched it, so duh -- nothing has changed, so why wouldn't it work right?

  • An experienced systems engineer holds his breath and prays when he says "run", because he knows the 75 different forms of bit rot that can set in in the span of eight weeks. (OS updates; remotely-fetched libraries that have disappeared out from under you; forgetting the correct procedure to start the program; IDE "fixes"; or simply the machine deciding to be ornery.)
Knock on wood, it looks like Querki has not suffered any bit rot while I've been off dealing with the house. *Whew*. Now I finally get to get back to work. I believe step one is the very beginnings of identity management; there will likely be a post over on the development blog about that soon, since I spent yesterday puzzling the first pieces out...