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Techies Law is a definition coined by to describe a Murphies Law type scenario related to software development.

The law states that:

If you have spent considerable time trying to resolve a bug in your code, a technical problem or any other such computer related issue and you finally resort to asking for help from a colleague or support team member. You can be rest assured that when you go to show that person the problem in action it has miraculously resolved itself all by itself OR you will immediately spot the cause of the problem.

You are then derided for either being a numpty and / or wasting their precious time for no reason.
I just experienced Techies Law in action. After spending hours trying to debug some code I reluctantly called our lead developer over to help me but as soon as he arrived at my desk I immediately realised what the bug was. He called me a numpty.

I am going to utilise Techies Law by spending a third of the time I usually spend bug fixing before asking for help.

I am going to pray to the God of Geekdom that Techies Law will enact itself and fix my network connection for me by calling someone else over to have a look at the problem.
by MonkeyMagix October 25, 2011
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