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Thu, 11 Dec 1997 16:09:18 -0400
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Thought you might enjoy this.  This is not an original work but has been
slightly modified for this forum.  Who says reuse doesn't work?
>     =====================================================================
>     Twas the night before milestone, and all through the house
>     not a program was working, not even a browse.
>     The programmers were wrung out, too mindless to care,
>     chances of QA approval hadn't a prayer.
>     The users were nestled all snug in their beds,
>     while visions of inquiries danced in their heads.
>     When out in the lobby there arose such a clatter
>     I sprang from my cube to see what was the matter!
>     And what to my wondering eyes should appear
>     but an Ada programmer, oblivious to fear.
>     More rapid than eagles, his packages they came,
>     and he whistled and shouted and called them by name.
>     'On update! On add! On inquiry! On delete!
>     On batch jobs! On closing! On functions complete!'.
>     His eyes were glazed over, his fingers were lean
>     from weekends and nights in front of the screen.
>     A wink of his eye, and a twist of his head
>     soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.
>     He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
>     turning specs into code, then turned with a jerk,
>     and laying his finger on the 'ENTER' key,
>     the system came up and worked perfectly!
>     The updates updated, the deletes they deleted,
>     the inquiries inquired, and the closing completed.
>     He tested each whistle, and tested each bell
>     with nary an exception, and all had gone well.
>     The system was finished, the tests were concluded.
>     The client's last changes were even included!!
>     And the client exclaimed with a snarl and a taunt,
>     'It's just what I asked for, but it's not what I want!'.