Please Write This Down

  • Cb 2007-08-24 12:03
    Makes you wonder how these companies that make programs such as the library example, are able to land the jobs.
    I know lowest bidder etc, but don't people investigate companies before using them?

    And why must everyone make their business apps so darned ugly......


    First btw :)
  • Alin 2007-08-24 12:13
    as usual, VB rulez !!!!
    Who needs error checking?
  • akatherder 2007-08-24 12:16
    Alin:
    as usual, VB rulez !!!!
    Who needs error checking?


    The example is dealing with dates and the Function that generated that error is FormatCurrency. It's not VB's fault.
  • Pkillur 2007-08-24 12:19
    That is so awesome. Too bad that they don't print the little yellow exclamation point is.
  • Old Skool 2007-08-24 12:31
    Am I the only one who wishes libraries still used tn3270's and plain-text catalogs? I hate web-based library catalogs.
  • George S 2007-08-24 12:44
    I'm the original submitter for the second item (I had submitted it back in May, I think, and had forgotten about it since then). I had to go to the library to use their Printer for a tech job 'application', as my Printer wouldn't work (because Windows wasn't installed on the C:\ drive. No, I'm not kidding you, and I have screenshots of the conversation with the tech support guy to back it up!)I received that window after I logged on.

    All of that just to surf the internet. Cripes.
  • Chris 2007-08-24 12:46
    Perhaps they should have checked for an error thrown from FormatCurrency?

    Captcha: waffles! (mmmmm waffles)
  • Keithius 2007-08-24 12:47
    There still should have been error handling - an error like this should not have been allowed to bubble up to the user, the program should have intercepted it. Unless they are using a "debug" version or something... which wouldn't surprise me.

    And it kind of IS VB's fault... for not having better exception handling. (Thankfully, VB.NET rectifies this.)
  • Sgt. Preston 2007-08-24 12:52
    Old Skool:
    Am I the only one who wishes libraries still used tn3270's and plain-text catalogs? I hate web-based library catalogs.
    It was much better when all you had to do was ask the librarian who knew where every scroll was stored.
  • ben 2007-08-24 12:59
    Just don't call him a monkey.
  • Bart 2007-08-24 13:07
    I think the asterisks in the second image are supposed to hide sensitive information like your library card number and the last 4 digits of your phone number. Of course they could have just stated that and omitted the asterisks altogether. Still not quite an Error'd.
  • John Smallberries 2007-08-24 13:12
    Keithius:
    There still should have been error handling - an error like this should not have been allowed to bubble up to the user, the program should have intercepted it. Unless they are using a "debug" version or something... which wouldn't surprise me.

    And it kind of IS VB's fault... for not having better exception handling. (Thankfully, VB.NET rectifies this.)

    Here we go again, blaming the language. "On Error Goto" is pretty lame, but it's there and the programmer is responsible for using it. Also, a simple redirect for any untrapped 500s would help.
  • akatherder 2007-08-24 13:35
    Keithius:
    There still should have been error handling - an error like this should not have been allowed to bubble up to the user, the program should have intercepted it. Unless they are using a "debug" version or something... which wouldn't surprise me.

    And it kind of IS VB's fault... for not having better exception handling. (Thankfully, VB.NET rectifies this.)


    It's not VB's fault. It's the programmer's fault. This is a programming bug, plain and simple.

    The program wants a DATE. The programmer accepts a date, then calls FormatCurrency on it. CURRENCY IS MONEY. We don't have any evidence that the programmer isn't validating the date before it's passed in.
  • KattMan 2007-08-24 13:38
    John Smallberries:
    Keithius:
    There still should have been error handling - an error like this should not have been allowed to bubble up to the user, the program should have intercepted it. Unless they are using a "debug" version or something... which wouldn't surprise me.

    And it kind of IS VB's fault... for not having better exception handling. (Thankfully, VB.NET rectifies this.)

    Here we go again, blaming the language. "On Error Goto" is pretty lame, but it's there and the programmer is responsible for using it. Also, a simple redirect for any untrapped 500s would help.


    And honestly, proper use of On Error Goto is exactly like Try, catch. For example, there is no difference between the following:

    The VB6 way:
    On Error Goto ErrorCatch
    'Do stuff here
    Goto Cleanup
    ErrorCatch:
    'Do your error trapping stuff
    Cleanup:
    'Do your cleanup

    The VB.Net Way
    Try
    'Do stuff here
    Catch ex
    'Do your error trapping stuff
    Finally
    'Do your cleanup
    End try

    It is all about the programmer. VB6 could trap errors just as well as VB.Net. Please note, all I had to do was copy my example and change a few minor lines.
  • wikipantia 2007-08-24 13:55
    How about considering the crazy concept that the script may actually have been trying to format currency at that point, considering that it already printed the date?

    Like, say, printing how much the juror was compensated in case the employer is one who would pay for a day of work minus the compensation amount.
  • wbrianwhite 2007-08-24 13:57
    That letter was not a jury summons. It was something saying the person had attended. Presumably needed to give to a place of employment so they would excuse the absence.

    Now, why do you all think there was an error passing a date to the FormatCurrency function? The date is printed on the letter, hence no error occurred displaying the date. I'm guessing there's some kind of form that also lets you specify how much the juror got paid for jury duty so the employer can dock their pay (yes some people do this) and THAT is presumably were the error occurred, probably because it was left blank.

    I don't know why you're all talking about VB6 either. The error clearly indicates the error came from /j_attlett.asp. Even if the error source weren't listed, VB6 is strongly typed to prevent you passing non-currency values to FormatCurrency in the first place, you would get an error trying to assign "" to a Date variable before you got to the format function call. ASP/VBScript is loosely typed so there is no error until you call FormatCurrency. So, absolutely none of the On Error Goto discussion is relevant as ASP/VBScript doesn't support that. The most likely design flaw here is simply a complete lack of validation on user input, which is incredibly common in web applications, government or non, ASP or ASP.Net or whatever.
  • Kemp 2007-08-24 14:13
    The most amusing thing for me is using the last four digits of your phone number as your pin, all someone has to do is look you up. At least with random pins, or ones you choose yourself, the guy impersonating you has to do a little guesswork (sometimes a very little, but nonetheless...).
  • AbbydonKrafts 2007-08-24 14:29
    wbrianwhite:
    ASP/VBScript is loosely typed so there is no error until you call FormatCurrency. So, absolutely none of the On Error Goto discussion is relevant as ASP/VBScript doesn't support that.


    Never tried it, have you? ;-)

    It is there. I use it for logging detailed errors and handling them gracefully.
  • dpk 2007-08-24 14:37
    What is with all of the serious analysis on every one of these images posted? It's not-entirely-tested code that produced an amusing result. It's funny. Laugh. heh.
  • erissian 2007-08-24 14:38
    I like how my library has it set; they still have a few TIGER terminals that you can use scattered around, they have a web interface that feels just like the original, and they have a more modern web interface.

    The best one is the dialup terminal that's still active, just in case you still have that Tandy lying around. It still has the vulnerability (or is it a feature?) that if you throw 13 carriage returns at it before the main menu, it drops you into lynx.

    I wonder if the Konami code does anything :)
  • Pat 2007-08-24 14:50
    ben:
    Just don't call him a monkey.


    winner!...even if nobody else got it :)
  • poochner 2007-08-24 14:50
    Old Skool:
    Am I the only one who wishes libraries still used tn3270's and plain-text catalogs? I hate web-based library catalogs.


    I miss cards. Having said that, the web-based catalog we have locally (most of Georgia*) is pretty good. I'm not sure who makes it, but it seems to have a remarkably low suckage to utility ratio. I believe the software itself is called "Evergreen" and the public library network is called "PINES."

    *The US state, not the country.
  • poochner 2007-08-24 14:52
    ben:
    Just don't call him a monkey.

    Orangutans aren't monkeys. Of course he would be insulted!
  • KattMan 2007-08-24 14:54
    AbbydonKrafts:
    wbrianwhite:
    ASP/VBScript is loosely typed so there is no error until you call FormatCurrency. So, absolutely none of the On Error Goto discussion is relevant as ASP/VBScript doesn't support that.


    Never tried it, have you? ;-)

    It is there. I use it for logging detailed errors and handling them gracefully.


    No he hasn't. Makes me wonder, does he make a living out of programming Jury duty attendance letters?
  • KattMan 2007-08-24 14:56
    Pat:
    ben:
    Just don't call him a monkey.


    winner!...even if nobody else got it :)


    The more inquisitive ones here might.
  • Rowboat Woodpecker 2007-08-24 15:04
    Bart:
    I think the asterisks in the second image are supposed to hide sensitive information like your library card number and the last 4 digits of your phone number. Of course they could have just stated that and omitted the asterisks altogether. Still not quite an Error'd.


    DUH! I can imagine the QA person going to the developer and whining about "sensitive information" being displayed on screen. And the asterisks were the fix. How it got past QA is the realWTF(tm).
  • Rowboat Woodpecker 2007-08-24 15:06
    KattMan:
    Pat:
    ben:
    Just don't call him a monkey.


    winner!...even if nobody else got it :)


    The more inquisitive ones here might.


    Don't get me CURIOUS.
  • captain library 2007-08-24 15:32
    Envisionware! lol. yeah that interface is horrid looking.
  • rumpelstiltskin 2007-08-24 15:37
    poochner:
    Old Skool:
    Am I the only one who wishes libraries still used tn3270's and plain-text catalogs? I hate web-based library catalogs.


    I miss cards. Having said that, the web-based catalog we have locally (most of Georgia*) is pretty good. I'm not sure who makes it, but it seems to have a remarkably low suckage to utility ratio. I believe the software itself is called "Evergreen" and the public library network is called "PINES."

    *The US state, not the country.


    How hard could it be to catalog all 7 books in Georgia?
  • khedron 2007-08-24 15:41
    George S:
    I had to go to the library to use their Printer for a tech job 'application', as my Printer wouldn't work (because Windows wasn't installed on the C:\ drive. No, I'm not kidding you, and I have screenshots of the conversation with the tech support guy to back it up!)


    You have an HP printer? I ran into the same problem, and the tech guy recommended I reinstall Windows (and this time, do it right ;)). After a similar experience with Dell, I declined.

    I think they use an externally produced program to compress their setup files. I got round it by running the executable in a sandbox. Close the Setup screen when it appears, copy the setup files out of the sandbox and run in real Windows land. I was quite pleased with myself after that!

  • Ken 2007-08-24 16:15
    akatherder:
    Alin:
    as usual, VB rulez !!!!
    Who needs error checking?

    The example is dealing with dates and the Function that generated that error is FormatCurrency. It's not VB's fault.

    I think Alin's point was that if you make a language that even idiots can use, they will.
  • Ken 2007-08-24 16:19
    Old Skool:
    Am I the only one who wishes libraries still used tn3270's and plain-text catalogs? I hate web-based library catalogs.

    Hmm... http://www.westchesterlibraries.org/text.html

    Unfortunately, they don't tell you what the login is for the telnet link.
  • MustBeUsersFault 2007-08-24 16:32
    poochner:
    I believe the software itself is called "Evergreen" and the public library network is called "PINES."


    Do you know what PINES means in french.....
  • StuperGenius68 2007-08-24 16:33
    So the real WTF is that the submission is a photo of the page on a wood table top.
  • PeriSoft 2007-08-24 16:34
    If I recall correctly, the Currency datatype is the only way to do a double long in VB6. I nearly busted a gut when I saw our guy type a strut encoder count accumulator as CURRENCY during a late night test session.

    (Yes, we're controlling hardware with a VB app. No, it's not doing any low-level motor control. Yes, it's far more than quick enough to handle 100hz updates which aren't hard realtime. No, our code is only about 500 lines in total, so it's easy to maintain even though it's VB. And yes, the machines work, and the software is dead reliable. Go figure!)
  • John Smallberries 2007-08-24 16:56
    You should really try thinking before typing.
    wbrianwhite:
    Even if the error source weren't listed, VB6 is strongly typed to prevent you passing non-currency values to FormatCurrency in the first place...
    Ever heard of the Variant data type?
    wbrianwhite:

    ASP/VBScript is loosely typed so there is no error until you call FormatCurrency.
    And C++ and C# have some magic way to detect and error (at runtime) before executing a function?
    wbrianwhite:
    So, absolutely none of the On Error Goto discussion is relevant as ASP/VBScript doesn't support that.
    And the best for last! Of course VBScript supports it. Works well, if somewhat inelegantly.

    btw, that "thinking before typing" idea does wonders for your code too.
  • PACE 2007-08-24 17:55
    John Smallberries:
    You should really try thinking before typing.
    wbrianwhite:
    Even if the error source weren't listed, VB6 is strongly typed to prevent you passing non-currency values to FormatCurrency in the first place...
    Ever heard of the Variant data type?
    wbrianwhite:

    ASP/VBScript is loosely typed so there is no error until you call FormatCurrency.
    And C++ and C# have some magic way to detect and error (at runtime) before executing a function?
    wbrianwhite:
    So, absolutely none of the On Error Goto discussion is relevant as ASP/VBScript doesn't support that.
    And the best for last! Of course VBScript supports it. Works well, if somewhat inelegantly.

    btw, that "thinking before typing" idea does wonders for your code too.


    So you're comparing "On Error Resume Next" and "On Error Goto 0" in VBScript to the way it's supported in VB6??
    Simply turning error reporting off is not what I'd call a mechanism like Try/Catch...
  • IvyMike 2007-08-24 18:20
    What a coincidence, '**********' is my password, too!
  • its me 2007-08-24 18:50
    rumpelstiltskin:
    poochner:
    Old Skool:
    Am I the only one who wishes libraries still used tn3270's and plain-text catalogs? I hate web-based library catalogs.


    I miss cards. Having said that, the web-based catalog we have locally (most of Georgia*) is pretty good. I'm not sure who makes it, but it seems to have a remarkably low suckage to utility ratio. I believe the software itself is called "Evergreen" and the public library network is called "PINES."

    *The US state, not the country.


    How hard could it be to catalog all 7 books in Georgia?


    Ha! I almost spewed water all over my monitor.... LOL

    Personally I love my local library's online access. I can browse the card catalog, check out a book, renew a book, etc all from home. When I've checked out a book I simply go to the library the next day and it's waiting for me.... I've probably saved hundreds of dollars being able to renew online too....

    -Me
  • Grimoire 2007-08-24 19:43
    Pat:
    ben:
    Just don't call him a monkey.


    winner!...even if nobody else got it :)

    Oook!
  • LibTech 2007-08-24 21:02
    Actually, we use this at the library I handle the PCs for. There are two check boxes in the configuration of PC Res for hiding this information. And, since you assumably know your library card number and pin number (which you can change if you don't want it to be the last four of your phone), then hiding it is a good option. Currently, we have a small problem with patrons NOT clicking the final OK when they make a reservation and their library card number is visible. To make matters worse, we don't currently require PINs. THAT is the WTF, if you ask me. Together, this adds up to folks snagging library card numbers that aren't theirs and using them to get more time on the PCs than they're allowed.

    So, the program is essentially fine. It's the political decisions that make for the problems here. But I still had a good laugh seeing this here. :)
  • Pap 2007-08-24 21:04
    IvyMike:
    What a coincidence, '**********' is my password, too!


    http://bash.org/?244321
  • hexatron 2007-08-25 00:46
    The library in my college still used 'write the due date on the pocket card' for some items (in the 1960s). I still remember the book of Southey poems I once took out. It had been printed before 1830, and (on the pocket card) had been taken out once in the 1850's and once in the 1920's (as I recall).

    The names of the borrowers were also recorded. And we worry about privacy now (though a miscreant could always go back in the stacks and erase or destroy his record).

    Southey wrote long epics about Conan-like heros gorefully swording their way from poverty to kingdom.
  • Paddington Bear 2007-08-25 07:12
    Surely somebody picked this sheet of paper off of the printer and put it in an envelope and mailed it.

    Isn't that where the error occurred? Don't you always check what you actually printed before you mail it, in case the date's wrong, or you've got some horrific typo in it, etc?

    If they'd have spotted the error before blindly sticking it in an envelope, somebody could have alerted the developer had they'd have fixed it in a moment... wouldn't they?

    (and where's the wooden desk?)
  • Control_Alt_Kaboom 2007-08-25 10:40
    Grimoire:
    Pat:
    ben:
    Just don't call him a monkey.


    winner!...even if nobody else got it :)

    Oook!


    May you live in interesting times.
  • Sidnicious 2007-08-25 12:54
    Old Skool:
    Am I the only one who wishes libraries still used tn3270's and plain-text catalogs? I hate web-based library catalogs.


    Raises hand. Dumb terminals were simple, fun, useful, and pretty much couldn't fuck up, unlike the cheap-ass dell b0xen that my library's using now.

    I want a revival some day.
  • GodLike 2007-08-25 16:56
    I like that court letter, do I see that's laid an a wooden table desk ?


  • John Smallberries 2007-08-25 18:15
    PACE:
    John Smallberries:
    You should really try thinking before typing.
    wbrianwhite:
    Even if the error source weren't listed, VB6 is strongly typed to prevent you passing non-currency values to FormatCurrency in the first place...
    Ever heard of the Variant data type?
    wbrianwhite:

    ASP/VBScript is loosely typed so there is no error until you call FormatCurrency.
    And C++ and C# have some magic way to detect and error (at runtime) before executing a function?
    wbrianwhite:
    So, absolutely none of the On Error Goto discussion is relevant as ASP/VBScript doesn't support that.
    And the best for last! Of course VBScript supports it. Works well, if somewhat inelegantly.

    btw, that "thinking before typing" idea does wonders for your code too.


    So you're comparing "On Error Resume Next" and "On Error Goto 0" in VBScript to the way it's supported in VB6??
    Simply turning error reporting off is not what I'd call a mechanism like Try/Catch...

    No, of course not. Where TF did I mention VB6? The idiot I'm qoting mentioned it, but I'm trying to get this back in context of VBScript (the language used, btw).

    Listen, we all agree VBS error handling sux. That said, you still need to use what it gives you. The canonical way is:


    On Error Resume Next 'don't break on errors
    TrySomethingRisky()
    If Err.Number <> 0 Then
    ReportError(Err)
    Err.Clear
    End If
    On Error Goto 0 'break on errors


    Notice, it's not simply "turning off error reporting". It's bypassing the the system's error reporting and checking with your own code. Clearly, this is clunky and suboptimal but you still have to use what the language provides. The error mode is procedure-local (not global), so intelligent use of Subs and Functions makes this easier.


  • operagost 2007-08-25 23:46
    rumpelstiltskin:
    poochner:
    Old Skool:
    Am I the only one who wishes libraries still used tn3270's and plain-text catalogs? I hate web-based library catalogs.


    I miss cards. Having said that, the web-based catalog we have locally (most of Georgia*) is pretty good. I'm not sure who makes it, but it seems to have a remarkably low suckage to utility ratio. I believe the software itself is called "Evergreen" and the public library network is called "PINES."

    *The US state, not the country.


    How hard could it be to catalog all 7 books in Georgia?

    I suppose all 7 books must be in the Center for Disease Control's library. They're pretty smart. Hint: they're not all inbred hicks down there.
  • Mr. Eleganza 2007-08-26 00:16
    I agree. I'm also not convinced the error was supposed to capture the amount paid. There doesn't seem to be any context for that, unless it was going to be evident if the error hadn't occured, and most of the time, one is committed to jury duty for more than a single day.

  • LightningDragon 2007-08-26 03:33
    Sidnicious:
    Old Skool:
    Am I the only one who wishes libraries still used tn3270's and plain-text catalogs? I hate web-based library catalogs.


    Raises hand. Dumb terminals were simple, fun, useful, and pretty much couldn't fuck up, unlike the cheap-ass dell b0xen that my library's using now.

    I want a revival some day.

    Same here. Ironically, the web based system my library uses is a functional clone of the dumb-terminal system, but it's clunkier.
  • makomk 2007-08-26 14:50
    Ken:
    Old Skool:
    Am I the only one who wishes libraries still used tn3270's and plain-text catalogs? I hate web-based library catalogs.

    Hmm... http://www.westchesterlibraries.org/text.html

    Unfortunately, they don't tell you what the login is for the telnet link.


    It's a SunOS box. Do you really need to know the login?

    (Actually, the version of SunOS it's running is - amusingly - too outdated to be vulnerable to the infamous telnet security hole.)
  • amandahugginkiss 2007-08-26 21:07
    Sidnicious:
    Dumb terminals were simple, fun, useful, and pretty much couldn't fuck up


    Fun?
  • Soviut 2007-08-26 22:50
    I get it, the WTF is that people still have to check out physical paper books at a library!

    captcha: vern...know wadda' mean, vern?
  • R. P. 2007-08-27 09:03
    What I find more hilarious about this than anything else......

    "Put it on a wooden table, take a picture...."
  • HitScan 2007-08-27 09:21
    PCReservation's problems are due to a few things. One, you can change lots and lots of their prompts to whatever you want, so someone added the phone number thing. Secondly, do to the shoddy error handling (especially in LPT:One, damnation...) and some funny ideas about what "agile" development is, their developers probably don't have any better idea what prompts go where than the customers do.

    As for this, if you don't require pin numbers but do allow session locking, then it does show a randomly generated pin as plaintext, which you will need to remember. They just don't change the top prompt if you supply your own.
  • Hognoxious 2007-08-27 10:15
    rumpelstiltskin:
    How hard could it be to catalog all 7 books in Georgia?
    The tricky part is tracking whether they've been coloured-in.
  • wbrianwhite 2007-08-27 12:23


    AbbydonKrafts:
    wbrianwhite:
    ASP/VBScript is loosely typed so there is no error until you call FormatCurrency. So, absolutely none of the On Error Goto discussion is relevant as ASP/VBScript doesn't support that.
    Never tried it, have you? ;-)

    It is there. I use it for logging detailed errors and handling them gracefully.

    No he hasn't. Makes me wonder, does he make a living out of programming Jury duty attendance letters?


    You are both wrong. What's going on here? ASP only supports On Error Resume Next with an inline error handling statement after anything that could go wrong: If err.number <> 0 then X. It does not support On Error Goto FunctionName, it only supports On Error Goto 0 which turns error handling off and is not a real goto statement. The other thing it supports is setting up a custom 500;100 error handling page, and having code there to grab details from the ASPError object, but that is completely unrelated to On Error Goto FunctionName. What is it that you two are thinking of? Examples please.
  • wbrianwhite 2007-08-27 12:38
    John Smallberries:
    PACE:
    John Smallberries:
    You should really try thinking before typing.
    wbrianwhite:
    Even if the error source weren't listed, VB6 is strongly typed to prevent you passing non-currency values to FormatCurrency in the first place...
    Ever heard of the Variant data type?
    wbrianwhite:

    ASP/VBScript is loosely typed so there is no error until you call FormatCurrency.
    And C++ and C# have some magic way to detect and error (at runtime) before executing a function?
    wbrianwhite:
    So, absolutely none of the On Error Goto discussion is relevant as ASP/VBScript doesn't support that.
    And the best for last! Of course VBScript supports it. Works well, if somewhat inelegantly.

    btw, that "thinking before typing" idea does wonders for your code too.


    So you're comparing "On Error Resume Next" and "On Error Goto 0" in VBScript to the way it's supported in VB6??
    Simply turning error reporting off is not what I'd call a mechanism like Try/Catch...

    No, of course not. Where TF did I mention VB6? The idiot I'm qoting mentioned it, but I'm trying to get this back in context of VBScript (the language used, btw).

    Listen, we all agree VBS error handling sux. That said, you still need to use what it gives you. The canonical way is:


    On Error Resume Next 'don't break on errors
    TrySomethingRisky()
    If Err.Number <> 0 Then
    ReportError(Err)
    Err.Clear
    End If
    On Error Goto 0 'break on errors


    Notice, it's not simply "turning off error reporting". It's bypassing the the system's error reporting and checking with your own code. Clearly, this is clunky and suboptimal but you still have to use what the language provides. The error mode is procedure-local (not global), so intelligent use of Subs and Functions makes this easier.




    You proved my point. That is NOT On Error Goto FunctionName which is what people were typing as sample VB6 code to handle this. Since it's not VB6, you cannot type On Error Goto MyJuryLetterErrorHandler or any such.

    Did you NOTICE this code that I was responding to?


    The VB6 way:
    On Error Goto ErrorCatch


    That is fine in VB6. It is IMPOSSIBLE in ASP. Which is why you should read what you're responding to before typing a response.

    Also.... setting a currency variable to a variant - why? I guess I was assuming a certain level of competence that you would use a currency data type if you were in a language that supported it. But assuming you did, you would get the error at variable assignment, not when you called the formatting function which is what I stated, and has nothing to do with VB vs. C++ vs. C#, but much to do with any of those versus VBScript.
  • Kuba 2007-08-27 23:46
    Sgt. Preston:
    Old Skool:
    Am I the only one who wishes libraries still used tn3270's and plain-text catalogs? I hate web-based library catalogs.
    It was much better when all you had to do was ask the librarian who knew where every scroll was stored.


    Anecdotal evidence: The terminal-type interface is way quicker for me than the web-based interfaces. I've timed myself against myself, and myself against other students using the library (looking over their shoulder). I'm about 5 times quicker, on average, to look up a title, using the terminal. Similar results for myself vs. myself as for myself vs. others. I'm only including others who show signs of being computer literate. The computer newbies take up to 30 times more, and often don't succeed even if the title they look for exists.
  • Tom 2007-08-28 23:24
    i actually met the guy at a book signing here in Launceston, Tasmania. He's very short with a light voice. Not that i have anything against short people, they are quite useful when stacked correctly.

    The old card system catalogue is much better. However a combination of computer and librarian is good when it works properly and a functional controlled vocabulary is used instead of some cack-handed one.

    signed

    ex-Alexandria librarian (the one that got burned down a while back)
  • PureMonopoly 2007-08-31 04:22
    lol =D
  • DZ-Jay 2007-08-31 11:56
    What I think is The Real WTF (tm), which nobody has mentioned so far, is the fact that an ASP web application is in charge of preparing and printing (pressumably automatically) form letters to be sent by postal mail.

    Do they have a scheduled job that calls iexplod^Hrer.exe with the URL to the ASP page?

    Amazing!

    -dZ.
  • LibraryIT 2007-09-06 11:35
    The display of the PC Reservation screens and the choice of PIN is configurable by the library. Other choices and wording are possible. Many libraries require the user to choose a PIN other than his phone number for this reason. In some cases, advance reservations can be placed and this screen states the time and the PC that have been reserved.
    All software can be improved. This app has relieved library staff members from lots of complicated record and time keeping to give more personal service in other areas and still offer free Internet access to the public.
  • sarika bele 2007-12-24 05:41
    i can't understand why c# is called as c sharp and not c hash?
  • ELIZA 2008-08-16 10:21
    Control_Alt_Kaboom:
    Grimoire:
    Pat:
    ben:
    Just don't call him a monkey.

    /* snipped one return */ winner!...even if nobody else got it :)

    Oook!

    /* snipped one return */ May you live in interesting times.

    Seize the throat.
  • Amtep 2010-07-29 07:31
    sarika bele:
    i can't understand why c# is called as c sharp and not c hash?

    Where do you get c hash? It's clearly c octothorpe.