• Subject: RE: What counts as technically slick?
  • From: "York, Albert" <albert.york@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 6 Apr 2001 14:40:54 -0700

        > James Kilgore gave a great example of something that's too slick
(the old
        > MDY-YMD date multiply trick.)  Are there any other contributions?

Years ago I was called in to work on a new application that was having
severe performance problems. The designers had come up with a great way
(they thought) to control file access. For each file, they wrote a "server"
program. The application programs accessed the file only through these
server programs. Files were not opened directly, all reads, writes, and
updates were done through these calls. Naturally this caused a performance
hit by itself  But on top of that, for some reason, they coded all of these
server programs to set on LR before returning. We gained big boost simply by
removing that one line from each program. Then, as the application was
maintained, we got rid of the server programs and brought the files back
into the program.
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