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30+ year programming experience, and still…

Creating a programming error still is simple, and AI isn’t helping me yet.

I develop software for Microsoft Business Central, in a programming language called C/AL (and in de current version this is changed to AL).

Today in a hurry, bugfixing job, I introduced a new error. The code was more than one page long, and I used a for loop with a local variable _i.
And then I nested two for loops…

for _i := 0 to n do begin

// … a bunch of code for the rest of the page
for _i := 0 to m do begin
//create a record and insert into the database
// and m begin typically begin 1 or 2 and n going to 40 or so.
end
end.

And so I created an infinite loop, for the first time in years.
In C/AL this was inside a transaction, so the table got locked, users complained, and I was able to kill the process. But it had to rollback the transaction. And it already contained +3.5 million records before the message reached us.

And although this is legit coding (or how should the compiler know?), reusing _i in a second inner loop.
With all AI stuff currently available, I hope for a compiler warning at least.