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Discussion on: Describe the worst coding culture you've been a part of

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Vega Vindemiatrix

Ugh. Back in the 90's I was part of what can only be described as a sweatshop of programming. We did DOS programs in something called Clipper (dBase pseudo compiler). We wrote custom software for anyone who wanted and could pay for it from medical to interior decorating inventory. It was all billable hours and if there were not enough billable hours they would make up hours to charge their clients. The head framework guy the most intellectually dishonest person I hope to ever have to work with. If you found a bug in any of his applications, he would tell you that you must have a corrupt executable and then come back in a while with a new executable and the bug would be fixed. Obviously he was going and fixing the bug and then giving you the fixed version, never admitting there was a problem with his code. I've never raged quit a job before or since but when the client was dictating the layout of the backend of the application (putting each year of a GL system in a separate table), I just could not take it any more and ran back to be previous job, which I have held onto for dear life since then.