Care for a little geek talk, Just you and me? ;)

On this not-so-uneventful day at work, I was suddenly thrust upon a formidable looking C++ code and I was asked to see if I can make it thread-safe.
Aah yes. How hard it can be?!
I am a CS graduate after all.
You’d think just remove those global variables and the static ones too so there aren’t any side-effects.
YOU would think.

I find myself stand before this god-forsaken C++ function wondering what perils and agony it might hold.
A function leaving aside which everything is thread-safe in my module.
A function true to its formidable name had a whole new world behind it.
A whole new world so unmistakably horrible as the one Pandora’s box unleashed, if not worse.

I trudged and trudged along the code and flew past me two glorious days.
Yet I still had no clue as to what the code was doing.. Well, I kinda knew what. ‘How‘ seemed to be more of a pertinent question.

And at one of these inopportune moments, came a gem of a thought in me.
I thought why grapple the code path; Let me take on the data path.
Yes siree, that’s a rather cheap pun on the ‘six paths of pain’.
(More so of the Naruto world than the Buddhism realms themselves :D)

And so did I.
A little plot of the data format that goes into the function and a tiny little analysis of the data that is yielded off it and a further teensy bit of analysis on the hex patterns of the two. There it was, staring right at my face, all that I ever needed.
Ahh, I am such a slave to programming! 😉
I completed my code for the transformation by the end of the day.

Makes me wonder, Am I great at reverse engineering or what?!
It pains me though, that I couldn’t comprehend the C++ in it.
Oh boy, talk of the magnitude of the blasphemy!
But what do I know?!
Remorse is all I can offer at this time; A remorse without guilt! 😛

Niranjan Nagaraju

I am Vini – Vini The Pooh aka Niranjan. I am a little “sheep in the big city”. A self-proclaimed atheist, freelance writer and cartoonist; The latter two are an avocation as yet, but I believe they really are my medium. Oh, and I code for a living. :)

4 Comments:

  1. Why don’t you explain your entire project in the next post, geek boy? 😛 😛

  2. This is violation of ur company policy!!!..u cannot disclose code..Ur liable to be prosecuted!

  3. Lil nerdlet has come up with another nerdy work 🙂 As the saying goes “The history repeats” Great Job Vini, keep it up 😉

  4. that explains the previous nerdlet blog…i can guess what ur next blog is gonna be..datastructures in C 😀

    jokes apart…its the unknown geek world you have revealed which not every1 can relate to..;)makes me feel..ohhh why didnt i think of it:)

    “keep it up” 😀 😀

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