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Tuesday, May 3 • 11:15 - 12:15
But it works on my machine!

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This talk is full of true tales of tragedies, failed projects, bad code, and other crazy things that software engineers, designers, and pointy-haired bosses everywhere do. Have you been on a project death march, or a project you knew was a train wreck? Perhaps you've seen code that defies all logic? Whether it's ruining the integrity of a database, or eating up all the available memory on a machine, every day we see engineers and architects making spectacularly bad choices, and can only wonder why. Some of the things they do are nearly unbelievable! The language doesn't matter, nor does the vendor. It happens in C#, VB, Delphi, everywhere. In this session, we'll review some train wreck software as witnessed by the speaker. Like the time when someone checks an entire VM into source code control, or deploys straight to production, passing by QA, as well as eye jarring UIs. It's these kind of things that happen just as someone says "But it works on my machine!" (but of course, nobody else's). Dysfunction abounds, and sometimes the workplace really is like a real life Dilbert cartoon.

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Rachel Appel

Rachel currently works for Microsoft, as a content developer for ASP.NET Docs. She has been in the business of creating software for over 25 years, and is an author, mentor, and speaker at top industry conferences such as VSLive!, DevConnections, Øredev, NDC and SDD. During her career, she has worked on projects of all sizes from the smallest of apps, to the largest enterprise systems at some of the world’s leading companies... Read More →

Tuesday May 3, 2016 11:15 - 12:15
Room 9