silverback gorilla (jcruelty) wrote,
silverback gorilla
jcruelty

I use the word "gumption"

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What did programmers do before the internet? I can't count the number of times I've run into some weird linking error and typed it into google, then found a solution. For example: typing

error LNK2001: unresolved external symbol __pctype
error LNK2001: unresolved external symbol ___mb_cur_max

into google leads to this, which solves the problem nicely, thanks! Similarly,

error LNK2005: _DllMain@12 already defined in MSVCRTD.LIB (dllmain.obj)

leads to this, which leads to this, which gives a solution.

I wonder how much of other programmers' time is spent doing stuff like this. How did they used to solve problems? (grizzled voice) Through good ol' fashioned American gumption, son.

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