Monday, November 05, 2007

 

An unexpected failure has occured

Stumbling around a clients website and up pops a page with curt text in the top left corner: "An unexpected failure has occurred".

It strikes me though, that if someone wrote a page to say that, then they expected this occurrence to happen.

Did they write pages for all the expected failures as well?

Or are the programmers just lazy: writing this one page as they wistfully expect the system to always be working, at all times, and when it doesn't it is a mysterious unexpected event?

Maybe they weren't lazy, and worked really hard to build a working system, but ran out of budget for this page to tell the customers that the back end was going belly up.

One asks: what does it mean to say, "An unexpected failure has occurred", and what will the readers of the page be left to ponder...

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