'Twas the night before crisis

'Twas the night before crisis, and all through the house, not a Web site was working, not even a browse. The designers were wrung out, too mindless to care, knowing chances of cutover hadn't a prayer. The users were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of inquiries danced in their heads.

When out in the lobby there arose such a clatter, I sprang from my cube to see what was the matter. And what to my wondering eyes should appear but a super designer, oblivious to fear.

More rapid than eagles, his scripts they came, and he whistled and shouted and called them by name. OnMouseover, OnClick, OnMouseout, OnLoad. OnDelete, OnClosing, OnFunctions complete.

His eyes were glazed over, his fingers were lean, from weekends and nights in front of the screen. A wink of his eye, and a twist of his head soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work, turning specs into code, then turned with a jerk, and laying his finger on the ENTER key, the site came up and worked perfectly.

The updates updated, the deletes they deleted, the inquiries inquired, and the closings completed. He tested each whistle, and tested each bell with nary an abend, and all had gone well.

The site was finished, the tests were concluded. The client's last changes were even included... And the client exclaimed with a snarl and a taunt, " It's just what I asked for, but it's not what I want".