Thursday, February 19, 2009

Deja Vu, All Over Again

Just over a month ago, this list was published, the top 25 errors made in software.  It's somewhat web-centric, given that most non-web software does not taken input from the great unwashed of the WWWeb.  However, it is a good one to review, to see if your stuff could use a brush up.

Like Alex Wolfe says, it's a little troubling that so many systems are still plagued with these errors, given that there are monthly incidents of the web-based issues (CSS, usually), and more so that some of them are positively ancient (running off the end of a buffer).  And like him, I'm somewhat inclined to blame the current disparagement of the industries' past.  Nobody looks to the pillars of the discipline to see what they are saying.

Now, to some extent this is the typical "youth ignores elders" schtick, but a lot of it is more malignant - it's the rejection of all the collected wisdom because it doesn't have the pizzazz of Ruby, or the Cloud.  And while there are a lot of new things necessary, like the new database features needed for massive scaling, having your server cracked because you let arbitrary SQL commands to be executed is epic fail.

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