Visual Studio Magazine Wants Your Dev Disasters

What's the worst programming mistake you've ever made?

We're in full-fledged football season now, and it's common to hear the refrain from announcers after a quarterback throws an interception: "I know he wishes he could have that one back." In other words: Yo, epic fail on that pass!

For an upcoming issue of Visual Studio Magazine, we're devoting our cover story to the software development version of that sentiment: What programming mistake do you wish you could have back? What was your biggest flub? What pass did you throw into triple coverage, that was returned for a pick-six?

OK, enough lame sports analogies. What I'm looking for is input from you on your worst moment as a software developer. Keep them as short as possible -- under 400 words, and fewer than that is better if you can manage it. Tell me what happened, and what you learned from it (but it's fine if there are no lessons learned -- it could just be funny, or vomit-inducing with no big takeaways.) If it *has* to be more than 400 words, send it in anyway -- if I can't fit it in print, I'll add it to our online version of the story.

It could be a disaster you caused, one you were called in to fix, or one which you only witnessed.

I'll need your tales of woe in to me no later than Oct. 8, three weeks from today. To ensure I see it and don't delete it accidentally, put "My Dev Disaster" in the Subject line of your email.

If you don't mind your picture accompanying your story, send along a good headshot as well. Send all materials in to me at If you have questions about the article, don't hesitate to ask; but use the same Subject line, so I know what to do with it.

One thing to note is that you're free to change names/companies in your descriptions, if necessary. If you do so, please place the fictitious name or company in quote marks the first time you use it. That will ensure that readers understand these are pseudonyms, to protect the innocent (or, more likely, the guilty.)

And for Pete's Sake, watch those sneaky defensive ends dropping into zone coverage.

About the Author

Keith Ward is the editor in chief of Virtualization & Cloud Review. Follow him on Twitter @VirtReviewKeith.

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