When fewer SQL Server columns does not mean better performance.
Everything at Henry's company revolved around contracts with vendors. The IT department had relied on the aptly named Contract Manager -- the sole remaining Visual Basic 6 client-server application -- to support that business for the past 12 years.
The office where Peter L. works was abuzz with excitement one morning a few months ago when the familiar, bland corporate art was missing from the wall opposite the elevators.
When Brett was hired on as a senior analyst, he wasn't surprised to learn that the older platforms were built around Visual Basic 6 (VB6), which was no longer supported by Microsoft.
Dueling developers create an unappetizing code stew.
Usually, when a multi-megabyte e-mail lands in Jerry's inbox, it means that someone tried to be fancy by including some silly photos or graphic images in intra-office correspondence.
A major validation error in the code resulted in a 60 percent failure rate for an expense form.
Henry was the TAXCALC king. But his coding skills were positively peasant-like.
Was "Calvin code" genius or tomfoolery?
For years, nobody cared that the legacy image-syncing application consumed as much bandwidth and processing time as it did.
Power user Alice strikes; can the code save our programming hero?
For MegaCorp's end-of-quarter presentation, the VP of marketing arranged a demo for a feature that he had contracted an outside consultant to add to the new version of the company's customer-facing online application.
Someone named Robbie had created a posting asking for assistance in resolving a problem with a simple Visual Basic .NET console application. It was used to retrieve and process product registrations and credit card transactions via the Internet for a piece of niche shareware.
When the big merger was announced, the IT staff of both corporations was a little bit nervous, and with good reason: The day after the announcement, many redundant positions were eliminated.
Everybody in the IT department was quite happy -- even a little surprised -- with how well the outsourced project to replace the legacy billing system was progressing.