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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

"I pulled a Billy ..."

Any of you fortunate enough to know Billy Biggs, know that there is only one word to describe him. That word is awesome. He's a fantastic programmer, cares about your problem, knows everything about everything and even better, knows the guys who can get you the answer. However, as you might have already guessed, he has one particular disturbing flaw.

Ever debug something for hours, only to find out that your test case was wrong and it was working all along? Ever write a piece of code, test it, find a bug, change it, test again, change it, and so on, only to find out that some hack of yours elsewhere in the code meant that you were testing nothing? Ever come to the conclusion that all those assumptions that you were making for the past two hours were completely wrong? If this happens to you, then you pulled a "Billy".

The longest Billy on record: 2 days (but not pulled by the man himself).

I asked him if he cared that we call this a Billy and he said, "Naw, I just want to be famous". Well, you are. The legend lives on.



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