Tuesday, December 01, 2009

We should probably feel sorry for Ian 'Harry' Harris at CRU

Reading through the code and then through his HARRY_READ_ME.TXT you can see a man up against something that was slightly outside his ability. I don't mean that in a nasty way; what was needed was a professional programmer and not a professional scientist.

In the midst of the file we find the following plaintive exclamations:
Something is very poorly. It's my programming skills, isn't it.

So, once again I don't understand statistics. Quel surprise, given that 
I haven't had any training in stats in my entire life, unless you count
A-level maths.

and.. yup, my awful programming strikes again.

So, good news - but only in the sense that I've found the error. 
Bad news in that it's a further confirmation that my abilities are
short of what's required here.



Blogger dirty dingus said...

And don't forget he's looking at something with practically no documentation other than word of mouth from colleagues and with the two primary developers (New & Mitchell) having apparently left.

I can certainly understand why he prefered to tinker instead of do the total rewrite which the project needed

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