Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.
You’ve got to keep your priorities in order . . .
We’re developing an on-site conference registration system . . . the topic generating the most email bandwidth yesterday was the ability to retry a declined credit card if the on-site Internet connection is down.
Declining a credit card when the Internet is down is an unusual scenario that may never occur. We’re not even far enough along in development to be able to say for sure that we can accept a credit card when the Internet is up, but by golly, we’ll be able to decline one when it’s down.
My head is spinning . . .
Thus spoke The Programmer.