This Aint The Right Place To Muck Around

I first heard this expression from a pot-holer (someone who climbs down into caves). He was commenting on rock climbers, free climbing and so on. He said "down here we don't free climb. If you have an accident you might have to get back through half a mile of low passages where you have to wriggle through mud, and swim through twenty feet of submerged passages. This ain't the right place to muck around.

Of course, many rock climbers would say that the face of El Capitan isn't the right place to muck around, either; though if you screw up above ground it's a lot easier for rescuers to reach you. Or at least, recover your body.

Similarly, it can be fun to try to write a routine in as few instructions as possible, write methods that use some obscure method nobody else will understand etc. It might be fun to try to break all the "rules" of programming (encapsulation, non side-effects, add what you want here). When you are working on a real system, ThisAintTheRightPlaceToMuckAround. I worked for a company that had to re-write a program that needed a minor change because of this. It was in assembler, and it had real gems, like suddenly popping the last five return addresses off the stack then performing a jump.

Assembly-language ContinuationPassingStyle. :)

Somebody was playing around on work time, and it cost....

Touched to bring to the top of the WikiConsciousness. That page deserves to be linked into the main-stream somewhere and I'm not sure where.

(You might try adding it to CategoryChange and to at least one of the pages in it)
Related: KillYourDarlings WillingToChange TooDeepIntoTheBagOfTricks, MentalMasturbation


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