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 Post subject: Worse Than Failure
PostPosted: Thu Oct 20, 2016 10:27 am 
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Post your favorite Daily WTF articles here. Or don't, your call.

Today's is... interesting: The Contractor. This quote should serve to epitomize its absurdity: "Their head DBA explained that the difference between a uniqueness constraint and a primary key was semantics, and that audit records and current records should always be stored in the same table so as to keep related data together."

Your Code Might Be Unmaintainable... gives a nice overview of some of the more common offenses against good programming, Jeff Foxworthy style.

Then there is the one I contributed myself: Test No Software Before it Ships!

Some famous ones:
The Brillant Paula Bean
The For-Case Paradigm and the follow-up A Truly Selective Case (and which is so common that it later got formalized as the anti-pattern Loop-switch sequencing)
unstd::toupper
Tossing Your Cookies (this is... er, a favorite of mine I guess you might say, because it is the sort of thing that haunts the nightmares of pentesters everywhere. PHEER TEH SQUEAL KOOKIEZ!)
ITAPPMONROBOT
get_words_from_a_number_which_is_passed_as_a_perimeter_into_this_function
Manual Automation
Happy Merge Day!
The Big Ball of Yarn
OhGodNoSQL
As the World Ternaries
Re-Relational
Almost Counting Past 100

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