English Computing Dictionary
◊ I DIDN'T CHANGE ANYTHING!
I didn't change anything!
An aggrieved cry often heard as bugs manifest during a
regression test. The {canonical} reply to this assertion is
"Then it works just the same as it did before, doesn't it?"
See also {one-line fix}. This is also heard from applications
programmers trying to blame an obvious applications problem on
an unrelated systems software change, for example a
divide-by-0 fault after terminals were added to a network.
Usually, their statement is found to be false. Upon close
questioning, they will admit some major restructuring of the
program that shouldn't have broken anything, in their opinion,
but which actually {hosed} the code completely.
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