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Easter Egg In Checkin Kiosks

Sat Feb 25, 2006 12:44 am

http://www.eeggs.com/items/45207.html
Apparently, there's an easter egg in the Alaska Airlines check-in kiosks. Has anyone seen it?
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RE: Easter Egg In Checkin Kiosks

Sat Feb 25, 2006 1:10 am

Funny. And now we see the root cause of higher airline fares...bloated software development. They should have gone the Microsoft Excel route and put in a flight simulator.
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RE: Easter Egg In Checkin Kiosks

Sat Feb 25, 2006 1:24 am

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 1):
Funny. And now we see the root cause of higher airline fares...bloated software development. They should have gone the Microsoft Excel route and put in a flight simulator.

Speaking as someone with experience in interactive software development (my company is a software house and I'm a senior project manager in Development), this software calls data from a (very) large database, it is likely that this easter egg is simply an embedded test that was programmed during development to verify the procedure call of the 'Continue' button. The fact that they left that procedure in the code isn't anything to do with bloated software development; it's a 'tag' of the development team.

I've worked for three software houses, and leaving an embedded 'tag' in the software somewhere is nothing new and is not 'bloating' software development. In fact, I would go as far as saying that I bet it isn't even an internal Alaska development; they have mostly likely outsourced it.
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RE: Easter Egg In Checkin Kiosks

Sat Feb 25, 2006 1:26 am

And why in the world would they have put this in on purpose? Do you really think AS wants passengers clogging up the checkin lines with the Easter Egg process so they can see a picture of the software developers?
 
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RE: Easter Egg In Checkin Kiosks

Sat Feb 25, 2006 1:34 am

I agree with both sides. I used to work on the website for an airline. Often if we were making a link from page A to page B, but page B hadn't been written yet, we would make the link be to somewhere like www.yahoo.com, and then go change it when page B had been written. Sometimes things like that slip through and get into the "live" website. Of course, sometimes people just do silly stuff, too. Once a developer who shall remain nameless put a picture of his dog on that website, and it stayed for a month. There was no page that included the picture, but if you knew the magic URL you could go to www.(the airline).com/(some directory)/(name of the picture).jpg

Edited: spelling

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RE: Easter Egg In Checkin Kiosks

Sat Feb 25, 2006 1:37 am

It's not an easter egg, but USairways' kiosks will check you in as someone with a similar name regardless of your credit card scan if you already checked-in online. This has happened to me 3 times so far!
 
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RE: Easter Egg In Checkin Kiosks

Sat Feb 25, 2006 1:49 am

Quoting Abefroman329 (Reply 3):
And why in the world would they have put this in on purpose?

As I stated before, it is put there to test remote procedure calls during the Dev/QA process. The fact that it wasn't removed is no big deal. It happens all the time in many types of software. Heck, I bet there's even easter eggs in the apps that serve this forum.

Quoting Abefroman329 (Reply 3):
Do you really think AS wants passengers clogging up the checkin lines with the Easter Egg process so they can see a picture of the software developers?

Do you really think the majority of AS passengers even know about the easter egg or even want to see the easter egg? I find it hard to believe that, of the thousands of AS passengers that fly each day, anything more than a minute fraction of them would even wonder if an easter egg existed in the self check in software, let alone take the time to research, let alone try it out. I fly AS all the time, and frankly, I don't care. Am I going to try it out next time I fly them? No. "Clogging the checkin lines" is an overstatement and AS have bigger things to worry about.
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RE: Easter Egg In Checkin Kiosks

Sat Feb 25, 2006 1:59 am

There was sarcasm in my post guys. As someone who works with developers every day I understand the test procedures and leaving in links like that. After writing tons of code I can see where little things like that get left in.

I get a kick out of them personally but code writing has gotten sloppy as of late and that has led to bloated programs that are resource hogs. There is no need for a flight simulator in Excel despite what most folks on A.net would say.
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RE: Easter Egg In Checkin Kiosks

Sat Feb 25, 2006 2:07 am

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 7):
code writing has gotten sloppy as of late

Can you come and work for me and tell that to my Developers? They sure as heck aren't taking any notice of me!  listen 
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