I get asked about programming mishaps–bugs I’ve encountered, obstacles I had to cross, etc–in my interviews, and I can never come up with anything, leading them to think of me as a snotty little kid who thinks he’s too good to make mistakes. Well, I just don’t remember them specifically, so I thought it might be helpful if I kept a repository of programming mishaps I encounter on the Daily Cow. Writing will make me remember them, right?
I have one right now, which I’ll write up soon. For an example of what I mean, check out my previous post about a CS project in which not realizing that I needed a terminating newline led my program to produce inscrutable errors.