47 Απριλίου 17, 2004Posted by Lida in Uncategorized.
It has been months since I updated my weblog. The main reason is that I have spent the last 6 months working really hard. Since I kind of like my job this doesn’t bother me much. But I have spent the last 2 months on a project I absolutely hated and which nearly cost me my job. The company I work for is a subcontractor for the OTE Number Portability. The platform used for this project is the Oracle 11i applications and more specifically the Oracle SDP Number Portability(PDF) module. The word baroque cannot even begin to describe it. It requires 45 cd for installation, 16.000 DB tables and 28 million lines of PL/SQL code (this is on the clean system after installation, imagine the mess that occurs after a year of use). This is not the first time I worked on projects which are developed on this type of hugely expensive «extinct dinosaur» platforms. But it was the first time I worked on this type of software in a Public Sector project. This made the experience even more frustrating since I had the knowledge that this load of useless crap was payed with MY MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!! Any way I got out of that mess without to much damage and hopefully this experience will serve as material to my future essay «Why the majority of Enterprise Software Products and Solutions Suck Like a Hoover On Steroids«.