Reply to post: Re: Plenty of time to go wrong

Launched the year Netscape Navigator was born, the UK's CHIEF customs system finally has a retirement date

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Re: Plenty of time to go wrong

Indeed. From working on another country's' import system, I can say from experience that Murphys Law will be on steroids, meth and strong black coffee. Load testing that works well in test, system locking solid on solid on real data, clients who do not RTFM and get mailbombed off the planet, feral software requiring serious cunning to efficiently clean up millions of empty temp files daily, sequential file number generation that creates duplicates, multiple OS. It did succeed eventually, but only because the coal face crew were the best I have worked with, both OS and software SMEs. Even the security people were rational and AFAIK, effective. Was that also IBM in the mix ? Cue standard cries of despair

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