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

Posted by Patroklos Papapetrou on August 1, 2012


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!!

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5 Responses to “25 things you’ve said in your career as a software engineer. Admit it!”

  1. 1. Check if the [network] cable is plugged in
    2. Did you press enter after typing that?
    3. That is a very rare edge case that will most likely never occur
    4. We’ll fix it later
    5. It does work on browsers other than Internet Explorer

  2. Kanmi said

    Have you refreshed your browser?

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  4. nihedihed said

    Which version of Internet Explorer you have ?

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