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The Weird and The Wonderful forum is a place to post Coding Horrors, Worst Practices, and the occasional flash of brilliance.

We all come across code that simply boggles the mind. Lazy kludges, embarrassing mistakes, horrid workarounds and developers just not quite getting it. And then somedays we come across - or write - the truly sublime.

Post your Best, your worst, and your most interesting. But please - no programming questions . This forum is purely for amusement and discussions on code snippets. All actual programming questions will be removed.

 
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GeneralThe return a detailed error string but ignore its contents and assume it's only ever the failure case you expected to occur but couldn't be bothered to handle properly pattern Pin
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C#
private void Frobinate()
{
   string result = CreateRecord();
   if (result == "")
   {
       //Normal case
   }
   else
   {
       if (MessageBox.Show("Record already exists.  Do you want to update it?", MessageBoxButtons.YesNo) == DialogResults.Yes)
       {
           UpdateExistingRecord();
       }
   }
   
}

private string CreateRecord()
{
   try
   {
       //do stuff to create a new record.  Throws an exception for duplicates.
       return "";
   }
   catch (Exception e)
   {
       return e.Message;
   }
}


This pattern is absolutely brillant because nothing else could ever cause a problem. Authentication can never be incorrect. The server can never be down. Bob can never be taking a break to oil the hamster wheels.
Did you ever see history portrayed as an old man with a wise brow and pulseless heart, waging all things in the balance of reason?
Is not rather the genius of history like an eternal, imploring maiden, full of fire, with a burning heart and flaming soul, humanly warm and humanly beautiful?
--Zachris Topelius

Training a telescope on one’s own belly button will only reveal lint. You like that? You go right on staring at it. I prefer looking at galaxies.
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