If there's one phrase that Salvatore could attribute to his predecessor, it'd be fundamental misunderstanding. He had a fundamental misunderstanding of the business requirements. He had a fundamental misunderstanding of how to transform business requirements into code. He had a fundamental misunderstanding of how to write maintainable code. He had a fundamental misunderstanding of tools like source control. He had a fundamental misunderstanding of maintaining a modicum of documentation... even the passwords needed to access the server where the codebase (and production application) resided.

But of course, his colleague's fundamental misunderstandings went far beyond the world of software development and transcended into other areas, as this column from one of the database tables illustrates.

Total_Length_SQFT NVARCHAR(50) NOT NULL

After quite a bit of digging, Salvatore confirmed that yes, that measurement actually represents an area. Somewhere, a junior high geometry teacher sobs.