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I don't do psychic code development - Elizabeth Unexplained
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I don't do psychic code development
I insist on not using my vast psychic powers for code development. Sometimes co-workers seem a bit baffled by this.

One of my little sidelines here at work is the care and feeding of the little FTP monitor that my group uses. This is a little utility that takes files that are sent to a certain directory and magically forwards them around to appropriate other directories based on the naming conventions of the files.

Now someone from the other group my boss manages (he was landed with a new fiefdom a while back) needs files to go somewhere, and my boss told him that my little thing would solve his problem. Sure enough, I got it working for him on our development box, not that he ever bothered to come back and confirm with me that it was working there to his satisfaction. A little while ago he came by my cube and said that they'd released the code to live and the files aren't showing up. Being distracted, I of course told him that of course not, the thing needs to be restarted, oh and by the way did you remember to change the permissions on your target directory on live like you had to on dev? He had not. So he walks away. Then it finally hits me... was he suggesting that he'd released my code without consulting me? Its possible since its checked in and all, but that struck me as highly unlikely. So I check, and sure enough the code on live is the old version. I am left to wonder just how it was that this person expected my stuff to magically get released when they released whatever stuff it was that they released without him so much as telling me it was even working properly for him on our development machine.

Current Mood: shocked shocked

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From: readsalot Date: May 25th, 2006 02:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Gah. Nothing of ours goes live without getting approvals and signoffs from the testers and the support group. And this is a process that pre-dates our having been absorbed by the giant company, because we've always believed that code needs to be tested and verified.
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: May 25th, 2006 02:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, there is that. We're supposed to write a thing called a change notice and have the testers sign off and have everything approved at least 2 days before it moves to preproduction and then another 2 days for live. We also have a whole lot of SOX compliance stuff. And yet, some people aren't with the program and blithely push stuff out (on machines they have to call to get access to) and expect that others will do the same.

I sent an email to my boss asking if I need to jump through the hoops or if this can wait for our June release... we are supposed to be in the end of month freeze now.
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