Every once in a while, I like to present a representative line of code from a titanic (an adjective chosen for more than its synonymity with "frickin' huge") application. That's right -- hundreds of codefiles with thousands of classes with hundreds of thousands of lines of code -- all into one, single line. Today's line comes from an application whose team Marcelo recently joined, and is the from the definition of the base class for all objects in their system ...

public abstract class Object : IObject {

I'll leave it as an exercise for the reader to try to imagine how well things took off from here.