Time for a Break

This is for all the developers/software administrators out there. Sometimes, as much as they try to help, application errors are entirely useless. “Object reference not set to an instance of an object” is a favourite. Also good is the simple and infuriating “unexpected error”. Perhaps the very best is “please contact your system administrator”, when you ARE the system administrator, and you have no idea what’s going on. Classic.


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Discussion (6) ¬

  1. Tony McGurk

    A computer at work before they upgraded to new ones used to often have a Fatal Exception. That always sounded bad

  2. Schmuck Man

    This is the cue to take a break or lunch.

  3. Chris Doherty

    “Object reference not set to an instance of an object” is just C++ or Java’s equivalent of “undeclared variable”. That should get caught at compile time.

    These are largely errors thrown by compilers, not application developers. That you’re seeing them at all means that the developer wasn’t trapping exceptions properly.

  4. p.j.

    This is how Actionscript handles it’s error trapping. “Sorry, you dumb enough to program AS2, then you deserve to suffer.”

  5. Kevin

    At work, since our software has multiple users accessing a database we get people constantly sending us bug reports for “OptimisticConcurrencyException”.

  6. JerryBenedict

    If it wanted to be meaner it would probably laugh at you too!

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