You know how it goes I’m sure, they just kept piling more atop what was already there and nobody actually traced the entire path until I did. I had the browser guy (your area) make a minor change, five minutes of work, and put it on the staging server, then on the weekly call (fancy that!) I invited them to try it. Five whole seconds of stunned silence. It was almost like returning static text, the load time was basically network latency.

No schema change.

I was a founding member of the MSSQL group, back when it was nine people. We were all given a copy of Codd & Date, which was a new book then.

The code base was a freakin’ mess of duplicate code, they had lost control.

And FTR I am no Isaac Newton, I just took the trouble to figure it out. Everyone else just wanted to get down their bug counts. This wasn’t even in the bug list, I just went ahead and did it.

I was afloat on self-approbation the rest of the week.

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