IT pilot fish is working on a migration project when, most of the way through, the team’s layoffs are announced.

“The group that was to absorb our work, and not us necessarily, was run by someone who was an exceptional jerk,” says fish.

“So I stripped the comments from my code when I passed it over to his group. Since he had little respect for anyone’s work, he didn’t even check it, but instead turned everything over to a junior programmer.

“This programmer was a very decent young man, so I spent a lot of time with him, teaching him more than he needed to know to complete the migration successfully.

“I never commented the program for him — he didn’t know assembler, so it wouldn’t have helped him. But I did show him how to run the assembler.”

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