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Famous Movie Quotes applied to Software Engineering - Dirty Dancing

Nobody puts baby in the corner...

Replace Baby with "a bug" and you've got it. My wife loves this film (Dirty Dancing), so I thought it's only fair that I include this one.

Nobody should find a bug and put it away in a corner to be forgotten about, even if it's not going to get fixed, a bug should be identified and known about so that it doesn't just get lost.

I suppose this is linked to Cool Hand Luke, in that "What we have here is a failure to communicate", but it's deserving of it's own post as it's not just about communication, but understanding what a bug is and the side effects of said bug.


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