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Ask Slashdot: Dedicating Code?

samzenpus posted about 2 years ago | from the this-one's-for-you dept.

Programming 186

First time accepted submitter The_Buse writes "This week I lost my grandmother and after returning to work (as a web developer) I find myself looking for some way to dedicate something to her memory. Unfortunately, I'm no author so I can't dedicate a book to her, and I can't carry a tune so penning a song in her honor is out of the question. What I can do is write one hell of a web app, and after nearly a year of development my (small) team and I are nearing the release date of our next product. My question is, have you ever dedicated a project/app/code in honor of someone? What's the best way to do it: comment blocks in the header, tongue-in-cheek file names, Easter eggs? Or is this a horrible idea all together?"

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In the "About" section? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41649415)

A simple "in loving memory of X" or "decicated to X" should do.

Re:In the "About" section? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41649869)

A simple "in loving memory of X" or "decicated to X" should do.

This doesn't quite count, but I once put this in a .java file years ago:

  * @dedication This code is dedicated to all the l33t h4x0rs that will never get laid.

Re:In the "About" section? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41650897)

Was that after or before you hacked?

Re:In the "About" section? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41649873)

Even better: If there is any kind of loading/splash screen, having the dedication in there, with a classy font and all, on a white background, would be really nice, and also distract the user while it's loading. Each and every time the thing is loaded, somebody would think of her.

If that isn't lovely, then I don't know what is.

Amen (1)

StatFiend (78320) | about 2 years ago | (#41650483)

Splash screen + about gets my vote.

Dedications help (3, Interesting)

mtaht (603670) | about 2 years ago | (#41650179)

I lost two friends and my father this year. I dedicated this release of cerowrt ( [] ) to them. Most of the machines we have are named after someone that has passed, for example our main build box is named after [] It helped a lot to channel them all as we struggled to get the releases out. And, surprisingly, making ice cream, with liquid nitrogen as the coolant, has got to be a healing ritual, around here.

Nice Idea (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41649417)

If you have an 'About...' item or a slash screen this seems like a good place to do it

Slash screen? (4, Funny)

ThreeDayMonk (673466) | about 2 years ago | (#41650805)

If you have an 'About...' item or a slash screen this seems like a good place to do it

A slash screen? Now I'm imagining a desktop application that starts up with a painstakingly-rendered airbrush-style image of Picard and Riker locked in a passionate kiss.

And now you probably are, too. I'm so sorry.

Another way (2, Insightful)

Jerry Smith (806480) | about 2 years ago | (#41649419)

You spent several manyears in coding an app, and just before release you consider implementing an Easter Egg?! How about the splash screen with the name of the app and "dedicated to my grandmother", that should do it.

Bad idea (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41649421)

A web app that will be forgotten by everyone including you in 5 years.

Technology and software changes too fast to get any sort of meangful duration dedication out of it like that.

Re:Bad idea (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41649449)

THIS! The sentiment is nice, but try to find something a little more long-lived. I hear there are some websites that will allow you to name a star [] in her honor. Now that would be a tribute, indeed.

Re:Bad idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41649541)

Please don't do the star naming thing - it's a scam.

Re:Bad idea (2)

wmbetts (1306001) | about 2 years ago | (#41650881)

I once had a girlfriend (shocking I know) that I was romantic enough and a previous boyfriend had bought her a star. She got mad when I went on about how he got scammed. It's a good thing she's gone.

Re:Bad idea (1)

wmbetts (1306001) | about 2 years ago | (#41650891)


"wasn't romantic enough"

Re:Bad idea (2)

RiscIt (95258) | about 2 years ago | (#41649503)

Indeed. There is a reason memorials are made out of things like stone. Things that don't really last make the person making the dedication feel better, but I've always felt they were bit hollow.

I still find it sad when I see those "In Loving Memory of" stickers on new cars of all things. ...That same car will rust and decay and eventually be sold for scrap in 20 years or less most likely. How does that honor anyone?

Re:Bad idea (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41649701)

It's not like doing any particular thing excludes another. Nothing last forever so I don't think it's a big deal if he wants to dedicate some of his work to his grandmother. And the dedication is always for the person making it.

I did, once upon a time... (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41649423)

Yes (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41649429)

It is. You can probably guess which question that's an answer to, but it saves you worrying about any of the others.

Probably Not (5, Insightful)

Dogbertius (1333565) | about 2 years ago | (#41649447)

Sorry to seem harsh, but this is probably not the best idea. If it's fun little web app, then you could pull it off. Anything that will deployed in a professional environment should not have something like this present. I think the only time I've ever seen this in practice was in the "Help -> About" section of a proprietary DB app used in automotive shops. I think it was addressed to the office pet (a golden lab) for the small office of coders that wrote the app.

Why do you feel compelled to draw attention to the loss of your grandmother? My condolences for this loss, but there are probably more appropriate ways to commemorate her memory. Pay for a spot in the obituary in the local paper, so that the people in closest proximity (and are likely the largest demographic which may have been affected by her actions) would know. It's always a shock for people to learn years after the fact that a local pillar of the community or old friend has passed away. It might do some good to make sure all the people that knew her are aware of this.

I hope this helps.

Re:Probably Not (1)

nomagnettowomen (1268344) | about 2 years ago | (#41649545)

I am going to disagree. Provided this is app belongs to you and not someone else, and that this is discrete and tactful, then go ahead. I am assuming you have acknowledgments or something similar in Help - About or whatever makes sense in your app.

The reason you can do this is because many people will go "Awww... thats nice" and because not many other people are doing this now.

Perhaps in the future everyone will do this, and you won't be able to click on anything without seeing a splash screen, slideshow, or musical tribute to someone's deceased relative or lost family pet. Then we will have a new standard of annoying and look back fondly on the days where we just saw ads for Chrysler.

Re:Probably Not (1)

wisnoskij (1206448) | about 2 years ago | (#41649591)

Yes, dedicating a professional commercial software product to someone guarantees its failure, Apple Lisa (

Re:Probably Not (5, Funny)

binarylarry (1338699) | about 2 years ago | (#41649777)

Also there's Vista, named after Steve Ballmer's daughter, Vista Ballmer.

Re:Probably Not (3, Funny)

mwvdlee (775178) | about 2 years ago | (#41650311)

Wasn't that the one with the "Longhorn" project name?

Re:Probably Not (1, Informative)

thoughtlover (83833) | about 2 years ago | (#41650927)

Also there's Vista, named after Steve Ballmer's daughter, Vista Ballmer.

No, no it's not. Ballmer only has three sons. I'm pretty sure none of them are named Vista.

Re:Probably Not (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41649679)

Easter Eggs are great even more so if they include something like hello.jpg in a professional application.

No it is unprofessional (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41649453)

It is a horrible idea, just think about it if you were the customer or consumer of a product or service where some knucklehead did this to you. Some people might find it touching, but some people would not care for this one bit.
I know if the programming contractors did this one any of my projects, I'd have them fired and terminated immediately. Nobody gives a shit about your dead grandmother so why even bother putting it out there?

Re:No it is unprofessional (4, Insightful)

similar_name (1164087) | about 2 years ago | (#41649795)

Nobody gives a shit about your dead grandmother

This gets modded up? Is Slashdot really so anti-social? Dedications aren't for other people or the dead. They're for the grieving. If it makes him feel better then that's what it's for. I never understood why so many smart people can't figure this out. You don't have to feel the way other people feel, but if you think you're smart at all you should be able to at least recognize that most humans have emotions and a grieving process.

Re:No it is unprofessional (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41649985)

if the programming contractors did this one any of my projects, I'd have them fired and terminated immediately.

Fired AND terminated? I think you're a bit harsh of a boss if you think it is within your disciplinary power to take someone's life because of a disagreement with something in your software...

Re:No it is unprofessional (1)

hazah (807503) | about 2 years ago | (#41650757)

He's not a boss, he just sees himself as one despite all evidence to the contrary. Besides, it's hard to be a boss at 13.

Uh uh (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41649457)

If you put an easter egg into a website you were building for me, I would sue your ass. Sorry. Keep it professional.

Re:Uh uh (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41650183)

This is sue-worthy? Really? Try being professional yourself.

Re:Uh uh (1)

hazah (807503) | about 2 years ago | (#41650775)

Sue for what? Its not imposible to keep a dedication professional. Honestly, wtf is this?

Nobody reads those things (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41649461)

Really, if you want to put it in, you can, but nobody reads them, or if they do, they forget about them.

Just think, when was the last time you read an author's dedication?

Re:Nobody reads those things (1)

hazah (807503) | about 2 years ago | (#41650785)

Don't think that's how dedications work. They are far more for the grieving than the stranger.

For German language, there is ... (0)

hubertf (124995) | about 2 years ago | (#41649471)

... where you can make a profile for the late person, and visitors can light virtual candles.
YMMV if this is useful.

  - Hubert

In other Germanic languages (0)

andersh (229403) | about 2 years ago | (#41649623)

Here in Norway you can now add QR codes to your tombstone [] with a link to a dedication website. I think the idea is "popular" in the US as well, I don't know who came up with the idea.

Re:In other Germanic languages (1)

bluescrn (2120492) | about 2 years ago | (#41650777)

The web changes too fast. That QR code could point to a domain squatter with a page full of pron ads in a few years time....

One Server (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41650917)

The site is supposed to be owned and operated by the funeral agency/chain. I think it was something like

Horrible idea (5, Insightful)

Ritchie70 (860516) | about 2 years ago | (#41649473)

Whatever it is, it probably has an expected life span of a few years.

If you tie a tribute to your departed grandmother up in it, you're going to be even more bummed when your project's life ends.

My grandfather died slightly over a decade ago. Nothing I was working on then is still in use in any meaningful way. Both facts make me sad, but having them tied together would be worse.

Find the local park district and buy a little plaque on a park bench if you want something. Or a brick in the humane society sidewalk, or whatever people do wherever it is you are.

Or better yet, honor her memory by doing something with your life that would make her proud of you. You probably had a hard time explaining to her what you even do, why would you memorialize her with it?

Re:Horrible idea (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41649519)

...honor her memory by doing something with your life that would make her proud of you.

Best thing I've ever read on Slashdot since it started.

Re:Horrible idea (5, Insightful)

techdolphin (1263510) | about 2 years ago | (#41649747)

Consider what your grandmother liked.

If it is parks, then a plaque in the park is good. If she loved babies, then perhaps you could donate time to a crisis nursery or help them build a web application. If she loved animals, then perhaps do the same for an animal shelter. If she loved science, then you could help with a program that gets children interested in science.

With a little thought, I am sure you could come up with a great way to honor your grandmother's memory.

Re:Horrible idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41650241)

Seconding this. Your grandmother would surely approve of using your coding skills to help those who need it. Unless she was an objectivist or something.

Re:Horrible idea (1)

magic maverick (2615475) | about 2 years ago | (#41650769)

Right. That's why dedicating books to people is such a stupid idea. You write a book that has fewer than 5000 copies sold, and is forgotten in a few years. Songs are even more likely to be forgotten.

No wait, that's wrong! It's not a horrible idea. If someone is good at something, dedicating something that you have made/written is fine. It's more meaningful than a plaque which just sits there.

And yes, software stops being used. And plaques rust. Whatever.

Personally, I would suggest putting some notes in the source code (perhaps HTML comments) with details, and in the About section and documentation put a small note, "Dedicated to the memory of Marigold Margret Smith 1935-2012". Nothing too complicated, simple is better.

what I'd do (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41649475)

Either a comment block in HTML or a paragraph in humans.txt

Re:what I'd do (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41650469)

+1 for humans.txt

Plant a Tree (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41649479)

Planting a tree is easy to do and provides many years of enjoyment.

Beautiful Idea (1)

dangle (1381879) | about 2 years ago | (#41649495)

How about adding her name in the 'credits' after the other developers' names, perhaps with a short compliment on her qualities as a person? Or associated more closely with your name to avoid the team feeling as if you've appropriated the entire project.

Re:Beautiful Idea (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41649629)


not entirely 100% horrible, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41649499)

I'm sorry about your grandmother, but dedicating a web app to her memory is not really that permanent of a thing. You might want to consider something less fleeting, maybe endow a flower garden at her church, a bench in a public park, something that would be visible and public to the people who knew her.

Strange, but valid (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41649505)

First, I'm sorry for you loss.

While it's nice to dedicate work to someone, you might want to rethink the method. Certainly don't put in easter eggs or change file names. That not only gets in the way of functionality, but will also prevent most people from seeing what you have done. (Plus it'll depress the people who do see it.) If you are going to dedicate your coding work to someone I recommend doing so in the release notes or release announcement. I've done this before, dedicating a single release to a family member or friend or sick person who could use some kind thoughts. But note the difference, it's not something in the product, it's not hidden, it's a clear, up front dedication which people can see without affecting your development or functionality.

Another thought: After losing someone there can be a strong urge to _do something_, anything. You want to mark that person's life and their meaning to you and that is great, it is. However, it's usually a bad idea to mix business and your personal life. Consider writing a poem, or donate money to charity in their name. These approaches will not only maintain a healthy barrier between your personal life and work, but it will probably mean more to people in a wider audience.

Great Idea (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41649509)

Instead of being discouraging and borderline sociopathic, I'm sure you're grandmother would have been elated to know you plan on dedicating something in her honor. You're dedicating something you're good at doing and spent a bunch of time on. That being said, if it's going to be open sourced then throw it inside the header comments. If it's closed, throw a footer section in like websites have that contains the copyright stuff.
She'd be proud to have a grandchild that loves her to the extent of dedicating something to her, as will your family.

Maybe a website? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41649553)

How about a website dedicated to her? If you're willing to pay the small ongoing costs this form of memorial is likely to outlast pretty much anything else you could afford. I'm thinking some nice photos, comments from friends and family and a biography. Plus this is a great way of preserving photographs which might otherwise become lost or damaged.

Re:Maybe a website? (1)

icebraining (1313345) | about 2 years ago | (#41650793)

Why was this downvoted? A memorial website seems a good idea to me.

As usual, check out Debian (5, Informative)

vlm (69642) | about 2 years ago | (#41649555)

As usual with all other topics, check out what Debian has been doing for more than a decade.
Pretty much every release this century has some dedication to devs who died since the last release.
Sad, but true, that anytime you get a thousand or so people together in a group, even if they're mostly young and apparently healthy, you're gonna lose one every year or so.

Average Death (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41649647)

Heck, that's slight less than average, and you're just talking about natural deaths and accidents. The sucide rates at Foxconn's factories are below average for their headcount and China, and that caused a great number of tabloid articles.

Re:As usual, check out Debian (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41649715)

So that means that if I stay out of large groups of people I should live longer. I knew there had to be an upside to being alone.

Re:As usual, check out Debian (1)

hazah (807503) | about 2 years ago | (#41650845)

No, it does not mean that at all. That's pretty much all in your head. You're alone for another reason.

Re:As usual, check out Debian (3, Interesting)

LourensV (856614) | about 2 years ago | (#41649731)

And KDE [] has dedicated releases to deceased contributors as well. Why not? A small note in the release notes and perhaps in the About box would be the most tasteful option in my opinion, but it's your grandmother, so you decide.

Re:As usual, check out Debian (1)

westlake (615356) | about 2 years ago | (#41649767)

As usual with all other topics, check out what Debian has been doing for more than a decade.

I don't why something like this becomes a problem for the geek.

It has never been a problem for the writer, the composer, the theatrical or motion picture producer, the architect or the engineer.

Re:As usual, check out Debian (1)

Kjella (173770) | about 2 years ago | (#41649791)

Sad, but true, that anytime you get a thousand or so people together in a group, even if they're mostly young and apparently healthy, you're gonna lose one every year or so.

Leading causes being major physical trauma like car crashes, falling from great heights or heavy objects land/collapse over you as well as suicides, for most of these it doesn't matter if you're a top athlete or a tub of lard.

Re:As usual, check out Debian (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41650131)

As usual with all other topics, check out what Debian has been doing for more than a decade. Pretty much every release this century has some dedication to devs who died since the last release.

Smaller projects has done that as well. But of course not on every release. For example check out Lilypond 2.12 [] .

Be discreet about it (2)

sandytaru (1158959) | about 2 years ago | (#41649565)

Nothing in the actual app itself. If you have a credits page, put "In loving memory of..." at the very bottom of the page. No one reads the credits unless the know of the the developers anyway, and those folks will probably be pleased to see a note of dedication to a grandma at the bottom.

Why exactly do you want to do this? (0)

GNUALMAFUERTE (697061) | about 2 years ago | (#41649579)

I'm honestly asking. You already remember your grandmother, so you don't need it.There's no heaven/hell/afterlife of any kind, so your grandma won't see it, and among everybody else, you'll find those that remember her, and those that don't even know your grandma. So what do you win by dedicating something to the memory of somebody? It's just make-believe. It's just something for yourself. It's done to make you feel noble/a better person.

So, my advice: Don't waste your time on petty superstitions.

Re:Why exactly do you want to do this? (2)

jbeaupre (752124) | about 2 years ago | (#41649723)

What does he win? Peace of mind.

It's called grieving, dumbass. Even animals do it. Psychologists point out that funerals are not for the dead, they are for the living. It's how humans (and some animals) deal with a loss. We do it for ourselves. It's normal and healthy. If this seems silly to you, then that's an indication there is something wrong with you, not others.

Re:Why exactly do you want to do this? (2)

Belial6 (794905) | about 2 years ago | (#41650357)

Yes, funerals are for the living. Not for all of the living, but for the living that knew and cared for the dead. The problem that we are facing is the increasingly common practice of trying to force all of the people that didn't know the dead to acknowledge and grieve for them. It is understandable why one might rationalize putting a "In Memory" tag at the end of a movie or TV show that was about the dead, or the dead worked on. This is because the person seeing it has a direct tie to the dead.

In the case of putting "in memory of" on software for people that were totally unrelated to the project, I would say it is in poor taste. It is in line with the piles of garbage that people leave by the roadside when someone dies. Poor taste. Before you assault me about being a monster for calling those piles 'garbage', take the old adage "One mans trash is another mans treasure." It is equally true that "One man's treasure is another mans trash." I fully recognize that those piles are not trash for the people who knew the dead, but for just about everyone else they are.

GNUALMAFUERTE isn't a dumbass. The_Buse invited GNUALMAFUERTE to express his opinion on the matter, and GNUALMAFUERTE did. This is another reason why public displays are a bad idea for death. It is fine for The_Buse to mourn his grandmother, but it would actually The_Buse who is the asshole if he has a problem with complete strangers not caring. It would be The_Buse who is an asshole if he is offended that someone answered his question.

Remember, GNUALMAFUERTE did not seek out The_Buse. The_Buse came to GNUALMAFUERTE for advice.

So, my advice is don't put a memorial in the software. Have a funeral. Invite her friends. Invite her family. Invite those that you think might want to be there because they are your friends and family. If you want something more permanent, commission an oil painting that can be hung in your home. Inviting random strangers (particularly ones that have a reputation of being harsh) into a personal, important, and fragile part of your life is a HUGE mistake.

Was she a coder? (1)

retech (1228598) | about 2 years ago | (#41649585)

I'm not trying to be harsh either, but seriously an app dedication? Was she a ground breaking coder? Did she sponsor your education? It just seems like a very inappropriate way to honour her.

If you want to dedicate something to her, tell your family and friends about the first time she taught you something, or the things you do that have been passed down from her. Hold onto her lessons and events, they're the most precious thing anyone can give you. And when you share them with others you will be honouring her life.

If you become a speaker of the dead for her then she won't be forgot in your lifetime.

Memorial Website (2)

snowboardbum (1062826) | about 2 years ago | (#41649587)

Since you're a web developer, why not create a simple memorial website for your grandmother? Then her friends and family can use it to share photos and stories about her life.

Truth (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41649593)

I may be harsh, but what's with Slashdot editors that allows questions like this infantile moron who claims to be a professional to post questions like this here? No wonder the tech community will never be seen as anything more than a bunch of geeks who do not really know how to behave in a professional setting.

Listen, dude: I am sure your grandma was a wonderful woman and meant the world to you. However, that's your personal matter. She does not mean much to many else outside your circle. (hell of a web app? let me cut you down to size: there are many thousands who can do exactly the same and more, you are not all that special). your employer who is paying you and the darn team to write something that's professional and will help the users who pay good money to use your company's services - not to write some tribute to someone who does not mean much to 99.999999999999% of the world. So, please keep your personal feelings personal, and don't make room for them at work.

Worked for Apple (2)

wisnoskij (1206448) | about 2 years ago | (#41649617)

Steve Jobs named one of his Apple computer versions after his daughter, Lisa.

Re:Worked for Apple (1)

Assmasher (456699) | about 2 years ago | (#41649713)

...and look how well that worked out. Lol...

Things to do (1)

porsche911 (64841) | about 2 years ago | (#41649621)

Plant a tree,
Rescue an abandoned pet
Help kids,

Be a person your Grandmother would respect.

Plant a tree (4, Insightful)

HockeyPuck (141947) | about 2 years ago | (#41649625)

Plant a tree in her honor. You can put a small plaque in front of it. Or as another poster suggested do something in the park like donate a bench. These tend to have an impact far beyond just the app itself, which is a pretty short timeframe.

What if you left the company or it got shut down? Or if you changed departments. If it's a larger project, someone else could take it over 5 years from now and decide to re-dedicate it to their grandmother...

However, the bench and the tree will still be standing.

12 years and going... (1)

clandaith (187570) | about 2 years ago | (#41649633)

My sister-in-law made me so angry one day that I told her every piece of code that I write will have "Missy is a jerk" somewhere in it.

Don't remember what it was that she did, but I've held true to that promise for 12 years.

Do it! (2)

zitsky (303560) | about 2 years ago | (#41649639)

I consider myself a cynic, but I teared up when I read about your plans to honor your grandmother. I think you should do it. It's a simple, harmless way to show your affection for her. It doesn't harm anyone or anything but it allows you to respect her memory.

Make a donation (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41649657)

Putting a dedication in code seems pretty odd unless she was one of the developers. You could find a cause she would have liked and making a donation in her memory. [ Or make the donation to since most of us on Slashdot would like it ]

Clearly you should... (1)

Mashdar (876825) | about 2 years ago | (#41649689)

Rewrite the compiler so that your binary is secretly an audio file with a message of your choosing.

Bonus points if your application can play itself.

My Dedication (1)

BlueMonk (101716) | about 2 years ago | (#41649707)

This is what I did for my grandmother. It's not exactly what you were thinking maybe, but may give you some ideas. []

I don't see an issue at all (1)

jimicus (737525) | about 2 years ago | (#41649733)

I dedicated my final year project to my housemate for providing moral support - he provided moral support by dropping out of college and spending £27,000 on crack cocaine and underage prostitutes.

Whenever I had trouble finding motivation, I thought of him. This was remarkably effective in motivating me to do a good job of it - I didn't want to wind up in the same boat.

Re:I don't see an issue at all (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41649857)

Yeah, but he probably makes more than you now from the various social welfare programmes he is no doubt taking advantage of.

The dole in the UK is quite generous if you know how to take advantage of it.

LOL (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41649735)

What I can do is write one hell of a web app

So can a 5 year old. You're a web monkey not a bad ass.

sweet zombie jesus (-1, Flamebait)

Swampash (1131503) | about 2 years ago | (#41649745)

Dear The_Buse, I'm not saying this to hurt you, but no-one gives a shit your grandmother died. Well obviously you do, and I presume some other people do, but that number of people divided by everyone equals no-one giving a shit.

If you want to do something meaningful, buy a fuckton of books, get some nice stickers made up saying "Donated in memory of The_Buse's Gran", stick them in the books, and give the books to your local school. No-one will give a shit about the stickers either but it might make you feel better, and schools are generally flat broke and will welcome decent books. And it's a fuckload more sensible than putting an Easter Egg in a fucking web app, jesus.

Write some socially beneficial code (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41649755)

Why not contribute to a humanitarian free and open source software (HFOSS) project? You can find various projects to volunteer with by contributing code at:

What about other developers? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41649789)

Unless the project is completely yours then it is not right to do something like that. What about the other people who worked on it? You are overshadowing them with your dedication. Additionally as Ritchie70 says you will probably be extra bummed when the life of the project comes to an end.... Additionally the code is for someone else anyway, so unless you get all the stakeholders to agree to that it is not right to do it....

Light a candle (1)

heydan (112791) | about 2 years ago | (#41649855)

I like the ritual of burning a candle for 24 hours every year on the anniversary of the person's death.

Student's Project (1)

Rah'Dick (976472) | about 2 years ago | (#41649859)

I'm teaching at a university of applied sciences and one of my students is currently creating a website using PHP/HTML5 and WebM/Vorbis media to remember her recently deceased dad, using interviews of relatives and friends, video snippets, photos and stories about his life, all chronologically linked together, categorized and tagged. The site will be password-protected and every friend or relative will receive an account. Apparently the man had a whole lot of friends all around the world, easily justifying this amount of work.

Nobody messes with the Ministry of Public Welfare! (1)

Guppy (12314) | about 2 years ago | (#41649867)

Using repurposed military robotics and AI, create an unstoppable geriatric-mecha-juggernaut with the voice and personality of your deceased grandmother, who will then carve a swath of destruction through the city as it takes Grandpa on a trip to the beach. Or at least, that's what Anime tells me you should do. :)

Roujin Z: []

Don't do it (1)

larry bagina (561269) | about 2 years ago | (#41649931)

What if your software is full of bugs? Or gets rooted? Is that how you want people to think of your grandmother?

I plan on doing real Easter Eggs . . . (1)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | about 2 years ago | (#41649941)

I plan on donating my corpse to the local medical university. But before whats left of me ships out, I want to have some physical Easter Eggs planted in my body for the medical students to find. Like, USB memory sticks with medical fetish porn, secret Da Vinci coded treasure maps, extra Alien Borg technology organs, etc. That ought to lighten up anatomy class.

When planning to dedicate something, the best thing to do is ask the person what they really want, before they die.

May I suggest (1)

udachny (2454394) | about 2 years ago | (#41650043)

May I suggest an infinite loop?

Sorry, too soon?

P.S. My grandmother was the reason I even got into computers in the first place, back when I was probably 9 or 10y.o., she bought and sent me a book (we lived far away for 6 years), that was a children's story about computers and computer programming written from POV of a some kid that needed to solve a mystery of some sort and the only way to solve it for him was to get through various tasks, which dealt with computer organization, some algorithms, writing some code. Since I didn't have a computer at the time, I started writing code on paper.

My grandmother later had a stroke and spent 5 years in a partial coma (half awake) before dying, pretty sad. I am thinking maybe an infinite loop is in order.

Make her live in the version control! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41650117)

Revision 4325, codename "Cold Granny"

You Can Do Better Than Just In Memoriam (1)

bistromath007 (1253428) | about 2 years ago | (#41650163)

Michael Mamaril []

In a game that is the diametric opposite of class, a fan lost to cancer was memorialized in a way that is actually pretty touching. Working on the premise that this should be somebody the player is happy to see, unlike the majority of the cast, whenever he's around, he chats with you and gives you a really excellent gift.

The thing you're making probably doesn't have that kind of scope, but the basic idea is this: if you want to pay your respects in code, don't bury it or put it at the end of a credits list. Pick something about your program that aids ease of use or enjoyment, and put her there somehow. Make people happy your grandma is around.

Magic constants (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41650177)

If you want to do a subtle dedication, then use it for the next magic value you need to come up with. I have done that myself in code, which puts a dedication inside an IP address. That felt like an appropriate dedication for somebody who was a geek himself. Sadly he died many years too soon.

Only artists dedicate their work (1)

Lord Duran (834815) | about 2 years ago | (#41650219)

If your work is art - bought for aesthetic pleasure, like paintings, sculptures, or books - you may dedicate it. Art is all about the artists' expression, their artistic personality; dedicating the work to a person they love is simply another part of that intimacy that an art viewer develops with the artists.

If you're writing a tool or a service, personal whims have little space, and more important than those are a more thoughtful design and a more professional feel.

This doesn't mean, however, that a web application cannot be art. Video games, for instance, are often considered art, web-based videos games included. So long as whoever sponsors the project agrees to it (assuming the role of an art patron - most likely you'll do it on your free time), the project can be made to feel like art, and in those cases there's place for personal touches such as dedication.

Dedication in "About" (1)

Guru80 (1579277) | about 2 years ago | (#41650269)

I don't know what your project is but if there is an About or similar area simply list her among the info provided. You don't need to draw attention to the fact that it's your dead grandma (that will seem morbid I'm sure to some users). Just a name at the top or something. It will make you feel better if nothing else. Drawing attention to it in an app that makes no sense to do so wouldn't be the best idea. Just a simple reference to her name somewhere, somehow in a way that is feasible and non-intrusive and doesn't force the user to think about mortality.

If Grandma was into IT (1)

Jawnn (445279) | about 2 years ago | (#41650309)

...and would appreciate a well-turned web app, by all means dedicate that to her. Otherwise, may I suggest that you look for something that your Gran might appreciate a bit more, as a meaningful tribute to her memory.

The only non-productive comments in your code.... (2)

Daltorak (122403) | about 2 years ago | (#41650423)

.... should be positive ones. Inside jokes, cultural references, maybe a rewritten song lyric, or something else that lightens up the task of writing production-quality code.
(e.g. a class in our code base, for instance, has a function called YoDawg() whose responsibility is to recursively instantiate itself.)

Keeping your work life separate from your personal life is extremely important. You should not be bringing your grief into your professional work. We've all lost parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts, cousins, friends, past lovers, former co-workers, and some of us even lose our spouses and children. It's really f-ing difficult to deal with, even years afterwards. If we all brought that grief into our professional lives, we'd all be professionally miserable. It's not healthy, and it's not fair to others who don't share your grief.

Subtlety is next to Godliness (1)

I_say (2654869) | about 2 years ago | (#41650435)

Something like <!-- love you, grams-->.

Granny doesn't want your code (1)

Hal_Porter (817932) | about 2 years ago | (#41650901)

She explained to me she wants you to get right on producing grand kids like she told you 1000 damn times already.

What about her friends's son's daughter Anna? She's a lovely girl and she's a dentist too. You won't do much better than her. She gave you her phone number - Why haven't you called her yet?

R.I.P., Darren McCleet (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41650955)

Darren McCleet was remembered in an easter egg for OS/2 1.3 after he passed away. He worked for IBM in Boca Raton and wrote the inhouse language for the installation program.

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