• ‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE IMPLEMENTATION
    AND ALL THROUGH THE HOUSE
    NOT A PROGRAM WAS WORKING
    NOT EVEN A BROWSE.
    THE PROGRAMMERS HUNG BY THEIR TUBES IN DESPAIR,
    WITH HOPES THAT A MIRACLE SOON WOULD BE THERE.
    THE USERS WERE NESTLED ALL SNUG IN THEIR BEDS.
    WHILE VISIONS OF INQUIRIES DANCED IN THEIR HEADS.
    WHEN OUT ON THE COPE THERE AROSE SUCH A CLATTER.
    I SPRANG FROM MY DESK TO SEE WHAT HAS THE MATTER.
    AND WHAT TO MY WONDERING EYES SHOULD APPEAR,
    BUT A SUPER PROGRAMMER (WITH A SIX-PACK OF BEER).
    HIS RESUME GLOWED WITH EXPERIENCE SO RARE,
    HE TURNED OUT GREAT CODE HITH A BIT-PUSHERS FLAIR.
    MORE RAPID THAN EAGLES, HIS PROGRAMS THEY CAME,
    AND HE WHISTLED AND SHOUTED AND CALLED THEN BY NAME’
    ON UPDATE! ON ADD! ON INQUIRY! ON DELETE!
    ON BATCH JOBS! ON CLOSING! ON FUNCTIONS COMPLETE!
    HIS EYES HERE GLAZED OVER, FINGERS NIMBLE AND LEAN,
    FROM WEEKENDS AND NIGHTS IN FRONT OF THE SCREEN.
    A WINK OF HIS EYE, A TWIST OF HIS HEAD,
    SOON GAVE ME TO KNOW I HAD NOTHING TO DREAD.
    HE SPOKE NOT A WORD, BUT WENT STRAIGHT TO HIS WORK,
    TURNING SPECS INTO CODE; THEN TURNED WITH A JERK;
    AND LAYING HIS FINGER UPON THE ‘ENTER’ KEY,
    THE SYSTEM CAME UP AND WORKED PERFECTLY.
    THE UPDATES UPDATED; THE DELETES THEY DELETED;
    THE INQUIRIES INQUIRED, AND CLOSING COMPLETED.
    HE TESTED EACH WHISTLE. AND TESTED EACH BELL
    WITH NARY AN ABEND, AND ALL HAD GONE WELL.
    THE SYSTEM WAS FINISHED, THE TESTS HERE CONCLUDED,
    THE CLIENTS LAST CHANGES WERE EVEN INCLUDED.
    AND THE CLIENT EXCLAIMED WITH A SNARL AND A TAUNT,
    “IT’S JUST WHAT I ASKED FOR, BUT NOT WHAT I WANT!”