Discussion on: What was the worst bug you've ever written?

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Marek Dabek

I was working for a company that was making accounting SW for a middle size logistics company. I needed to convert one Table into another. The table contained purchase orders for the last 6 months. I wrote a code and went home in the evening. There was no validation team in my company, everything went straight to production (how foolish!). I woke up at 5am and realized that I'd messed up in the code, which was about to be deployed at 8am. Dressed up quickly, went to the office, fixed a bug and saved the day. If I hadn't do that the company might have had IRS audit within next few months, due to the missing money. There were few millions dollars in danger and probably someone would go to jail. Never again I have worked in a company without a validation team.