One Jump Ahead pp 230-236 | Cite as

Trust Me

  • Jonathan Schaeffer


So far I probably haven’t given a good account of myself. With all the major programming gaffes that I’ve confessed to (and a lot more that are best left unsaid), you’re probably wondering whether I’m even qualified to write a program as sophisticated as Chinook. My programming errors have cost Chinook dearly and, unfortunately, will continue to dog the project. Maybe I’m the wrong person to do the programming; someone with better skills might be able to do a better job.


Space Shuttle Programming Error Checker Program Wrong Person Strategic Defense Initiative 
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    For more information on the risks associated with computer software, read the electronic news group comp.risks or send e-mail to Scholar

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jonathan Schaeffer
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  1. 1.Department of Computing ScienceUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonCanada

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