Sunday, February 25, 2007

Is Raat Ki Subah Nahi :)

Friday nights are fun :) Usually, we are off to play pool, on a night out, party a bit somewhere, or just hang out at someones place and do tp. We usually leave office by around 10.30 and reach home to sleep around 4-5 AM Saturday. Yesterday night was one of the most memorable in my stay :)

It was a day like many others before it. Tight deadlines to meet the UAT release deadlines, urgent activities to complete and all was ready by 2 PM. Well, as all stories go, this activity went on till a long way past that time :) and we were sitting in office till 6 AM making the release. LOL.

I used to think that I am a pretty calm person :) But I don't know, if it is the need of the hour or just age and experiences that it has become very regular to treat dire emergencies in a manner which says: "What do I need to do in order to make this run? Right. Problem 1: Cause & Treatment. Problem 2: Cause & Treatment..." instead of "Damn! How did this happen? What do we do now?"

It was a pleasant surprise to have a broken release and to apply ones quick thinking and problem resolution skills to solve the problems and get the system working. Server shell scripts, component versioning problems, code dependencies, port mapping issues, display rendering issues. We solved them all one by one and closed shop at 6 AM.

Frankly, the mind fought till 4.30 AM. After that, it was purely on auto-pilot. Hunger was forgotten and fatigue was fought as much as possible. And the team worked together as one unit and it was a beautiful combined effort of all that brought the system up and saved the day :)

Well, alls well that ends well and we left office to the beautiful sight of the rising sun. I loved the night :) For what it was and a mini-adventure at work too :)

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