It's Memorial Day in the US, which is a holiday remembering those who have died in wars, which we celebrate by not going to work and generally grilling something. I leave it to someone smarter than myself to unpack the deeper meaning there. What it means here at TDWTF is that we're digging back into the archives to treat you to a classic WTF. - Remy

One time, out of boredom, I wrote a little utility called BitVerifier. It would loop over a folder and check every bit of each file. If the bit's value wasn't one or zero, it would prompt the user for the correct bit. At least in theory. I somehow never encountered a file with a "two" bit. But I got one key component right – an understanding of the valid range of values.

Rob K.'s colleague didn't even get that far.

private static final String[] HEX_STRING_VALUES = {"0", "1", "2", "3",
    "4", "5", "6", "7", "8", "9", "10", "A", "B", "C", "D", "E", "F"};

But wait, that's not the whole WTF! Consider this code later in the class:

StringBuilder sb = new StringBuilder();
for ( int h = 0; h < 6; h++ ) {
    int randomHex = randomGen.nextInt(HEX_STRING_VALUES.length);
    sb.append( HEX_STRING_VALUES[randomHex] );
}
//for some crazy reason, sometimes the loop above creates 7 chars.
//that is why the below usees substring to get exactly 6 Hex chars.
defaultVisualStyle.setColor( "0x" + sb.substring( 0, 6 ) );

"Some crazy reason" indeed. For "some crazy reason," the output could be up to twelve characters. It might have something to do with the fact that the "hex" array has 17 values, and that one of them is "10."

For some crazy reason, this individual won't be writing code in this project anymore.

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