Twas the night before a programmer's Christmas....

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Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house

Not a programmer was coding, Not even using his mouse.

The programs were all prepared, tested and engineered

In hopes that they would run before St. Nicholas appeared.

The coders were snuggled all comfy in the beds,

While visions of class models swarmed in their heads.

And my manager with his spreadsheet and I with my tablet,

Had just settled in for an evening watching the net.

When out in the cloud, there arose such a clatter,

I ran to my keyboard to see what's the matter.

Away to the system my fingers did fly,

Scanned drives, folders and code with my eye.

What did I find as I did searched and breakpointed,

NORAD using up bandwidth to track the appointed.

A man with white beard, red suit, big belly and reindeer,

Causing brownouts across my network and multi-tier.

After finding the coding problem, and employing a quick patch,

I could now get back to my next regular expression match.

And just after code, unit tests and documentation was complete,

I heard "Merry Christmas to all programmers and to the users they meet!"


Happy Holidays, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, Festivus, Pancha Ganapati, Ramadan, Malkh, St. Stephen's Day, Boxing Day, Malanka, Human Light, and Happy New Year to everyone!

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David Intersimone (known to many as David I.) is a passionate and innovative software industry veteran-often referred to as a developer icon-who extols and educates the world on Embarcadero developer tools. He shares his visions as an active member of the industry speaking circuit and is tapped as an expert source by the media. He is a long-standing champion of architects, developers and database professionals and works to ensure that their needs are folded into Embarcadero's strategic product plans. David holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, California.


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    Jennifer Saturday, 24 December 2011

    Very gracefully put, David. Happy holidays to you as well.

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