Monday, March 7, 2011

Bret the Hitman Hart the programmer

I saw this video clip around 10 years ago on a now defunct website, and I remember it for one line in the video.

For those who don't know about him, Bret the Hitman Hart is a legendary WWF/WWE professional wrestler (Wikipedia entry). He's known as the "Excellence of Execution." He is so talented, that he's also awesome programmer. Check out his skills at the 1:54 mark in the video below.

I love thinking about the staff putting together this video. At some point in time, they probably approached the programmers and asked them "Give us a line for Bret Hart to say." I'm sure they came up with all sorts of phrases:

  • "You have an off by 1 bug"
  • "You have a buffer overflow"
  • "You're using a single equal sign instead of a double equal sign."

Alas, the producers selected the best line he could say, "You're dereferencing a NULL pointer."

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