Here is an email I received in response to one of my essays.
For obvious reasons I’d prefer you posted this anonymously.
And it was a magic number, char … scattered throughout the code. Despite the change, each time the magic number was increased (by the client who had the source code —a _real_ bad idea — we had an engineer full time for 18 months inserting their code changes (sent monthly in inch thick paper forms) into our code base) rather than using a define. So it took days to increase the size… Of course, this also meant that even short names used a full 1K of memory (actually I think we kept at least three copies…). For some reason, once customers downloaded 20MB debug files the debugger was very s l o w
We now have to support unlimited (232) length function names because 1024 was not enough.
So thank us software tool writers for supporting such ridiculous requests and helping make code maintenance a dabbler free zone.
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