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I think I got my attitude from finding a bug in a major production compiler. I sent in my snippet to demonstrate the problem and got very short shrift from the company.

And they were right - my code had bugs in it.

So I recrafted my code and effectively, informally proved it to be correct. Then I sent it in again and got a formal acknowlegement that I had, indeed, found a bug.

Over the next 2 years I found 5 bugs in three different compilers, but in the first few cases I spent ages crafting my examples to prove the problem wasn't my code. Then it dawned on me, why not right the code to be correct in the first place, then I wouldn't have to re-write it when I found bugs that might be mine, and might be someone elses.

My productivity improved dramatically, and I was hooked.




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