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Forgetting How You Solved a Problem the First Time

January 13th, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Today I had to update a 12 year old Higgledy-piggledy Microsoft Access Database application to work with the year 2010 instead of 2009 amongst other things . The original designer had needlessly hard-coded the current year’s and previous year’s date anyway I had some notes from when I did it 12 months ago which described what values need changing, but could I find where those values were defined? My notes were not specific enough. The REAL PROBLEM was that last year I must have altered these values without too much of a sweat and so not taken much trouble to note down exactly.

Fortunately I remembered the wonderful stackoverflow.com website. I posed my question and got several useful pointers in a few minutes and these helped me find the solution which was to set the option search whole project.

This is actually a generic problem in life when we realize that we’ve been doing something automatically and been unconscious of how we did it.

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