Smallish sort of world...
He got lucky and ended up getting a flight over. So, I set out on my trip. Left the house about 12:00 noon on Sunday. Ended up in Chicago for my connection. Got there at 3:30pm, connection at 4:55pm - so far, so go. Get to gate (long walk) to find out the 4:55 is now 7:21. No problem, still getting in at a decent hour. So I go to the local Chilis and get some food.
My phone rings - it is Jonathan. Worried about not making it the next day. His connection was canceled and he is now stuck in Chicago! We didn't know we were at the same airport. I mention my airline has flights out tonight and he arranged to get on the flight after me. We'd both be there.
But, as luck would have it, 9 minutes before boarding - my flight was cancelled. I got rolled onto the same flight with Jonathan. My 4:55 flight was now 10:43. Walked over to the other gate (which ironically was right next to the gate I landed at before!) and met up with Jonathan. Fortunately, that gate was directly across from the Red Carpet club, so we went in for a beer and whiskey... We finally did get to the hotel in Omaha at about 1:15am (tired = true today, had to get up at 6am...)
Now, Jonathan has what I call a blog - but it isn't a proper blog - in that, there is no RSS feed. So we got to talking about some of his recent articles. This one made me laugh. What is so funny about that one you ask? Just that I worked through the problem with Vikas at the same exact time and came to the same exact answer as Jonathan. That is what I call the "machine gun approach". Email as many people as possible, post to as many forums as you can - and see what you get back. Happens all of the time.
Then there was the 2+2=5 posting. That one is a good one in combination with the MV non-bug one I referenced above. The existence (or lack thereof) of a test case to demonstrate what you mean is crucial. For example, Vikas believed that Fast refresh doesn’t work if we swap the values in a column of a unique key. Both Jonathan and I said "yes it does, but how about a test case from you showing what you really mean". With test case in hand - it was easy to see what the problem was - immediately easy. Without the test case - impossible to comment. That is the problem with the 2+2=5 posting as Jonathan points out. The other author makes some claims that just don't fit in with what others observe. However, it is impossible to say why the author makes the claims, since we cannot really see what they are based on. We just have their word that "it doesn't work". Without a little test case however, it is really hard to say what that person may or may not be observing. I like the way Jonathan goes over it bit by bit however.
In general, I hit Jonathans "misc" once a week or so - really wish he would turn it into a real blog so we could get RSS feeds! Lots of good articles there.