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Find & Replace (a funny story)

What can “Find and Replace” command do with your project files? Well, I must confess, a lot.

Yesterday I had to change a bit of HTML markup on a recent project. After discovering what to change I started a “Find and Replace” dialog in my favorite editor and… pressed Replace all. After that I’ve looked through several HTML templates and everything seemed OK’. I completely forgot about it and started with new tasks.

Later that day I had some problems with JavaScript. I couldn’t understand where the problem was and spent a few hours investigating it. Nothing! So I decided to sleep on it and work the next morning with a fresh mind.

The next morning surprisingly my colleagues and I found that while doing the batch replacement I accidentally replaced one line of code in the prototype.js framework! :)

The moral: use “Find and Replace” command with care!