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  • Re: Long Life bug : Do not use the letter 'j'

    [quote user="HardwareGeek"]All the people named John, Jane, Jim and Joe would like to have a word with you.[/quote]It's a lower-case j, so all those people (and me) would be just fine. C is the reason many modern language are case-sensitive, that's a good enough reason for me to hate it.
    Posted to "Side Bar" WTF (Forum) by Jaime on 04-11-2014
  • Re: My heart bleeds

    [quote user="Buttembly Coder"][quote user="Jaime"]... one of the many available techniques. Example: SecureString. There are a million other ...[/quote] I can think of at least one reason a server running OpenSSL is not likely to use .NET's SecureString...[/quote]If only I would have thought of that possibility and ...
    Posted to "Side Bar" WTF (Forum) by Jaime on 04-10-2014
  • Re: My heart bleeds

    One thing this has been missed in a lot of discussions of the impact of this bug is that the damage could have been contained with a little defense in depth. For example, memory dumps should have been a lot less useful if sensitive data were handled with one of the many available techniques. Example: SecureString. There are a million other coding ...
    Posted to "Side Bar" WTF (Forum) by Jaime on 04-10-2014
  • Re: My heart bleeds

    [quote user="heterodox"]The hell are you talking about? The applications are made available via an application server (e.g. Jetty, Tomcat, WebLogic) and those tend to use the JSSE implementation because why the hell would they reinvent the wheel, especially by interfacing with OpenSSL via JNI or something? That'd be ...
    Posted to "Side Bar" WTF (Forum) by Jaime on 04-10-2014
  • Re: My heart bleeds

    [quote user="heterodox"]Speaking of Java, I'll elaborate on a tag from above: About 99.9% of the infrastructure with which I work wasn't affected. That's because it's pretty much all Java-based. Now, you can say a lot about Java (and I do), but as far as the managed language arguments in this thread: Remember the last ...
    Posted to "Side Bar" WTF (Forum) by Jaime on 04-10-2014
  • Re: CSOD ASP.Net webforms

    [quote user="pjt33"]Number 1 as far as I'm concerned is that it takes a nice statically typed system and asks you to do everything by reflection.[/quote]I haven't found this to be the case. I started WebForms development back in 2000 and I have only used FindControl a handful of times in those 14 years.
    Posted to "Side Bar" WTF (Forum) by Jaime on 03-27-2014
  • Re: CSOD ASP.Net webforms

    It could be worse. I maintain ASP.Net Web Forms code where the previous developer uses the auto-generated control names in client side script. If you combine that with JavaScript's default "swallow the exception and stop executing" error handling behavior and you get a nightmare. None of the originally posted problem was caused ...
    Posted to "Side Bar" WTF (Forum) by Jaime on 03-26-2014
  • Re: Quantum CSS

    Maybe they're using LESS to generate their CSS? margin-left: 5/7em;  
    Posted to "Side Bar" WTF (Forum) by Jaime on 01-10-2014
  • Re: Representative Unit Test

    [quote user="bjolling"]We went through a lot of pain and effort to explain what unit tests are, why we want them and how it helps THEM. But for them it's just another deliverable. They refuse to understand how unit tests can actually help them delivering better code so they write them only after we reject the code ...
    Posted to "Side Bar" WTF (Forum) by Jaime on 12-18-2013
  • Re: Because he is an idiot

    [quote user="MoSlo"]We have a real need for a space to share data between multiple users.[/quote]Just add a step to the installer that grants read permissions to Users to the appropriate path. Then, every time the IT guy "fixes" the permissions, doing a repair install fixes it again. If your really lucky, he'll be the one ...
    Posted to "Side Bar" WTF (Forum) by Jaime on 12-04-2013
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