I know this is an old one, but it's the holidays, so why not pull it
out and dust it off?

> Twas The Night Before Implementation
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> Twas the night before implementation
> And all through the house
> Not a program was working,
> Not even a browse.
> The engineers hung by their tubes in despair,
> With hopes that a miracle soon would be there.
> The customers were nestled all snug in their beds,
> While visions of progress danced in their heads.
> When out of the COPE there arose such a clatter,
> I sprang from my desk to see what was the matter.
> And what to my wondering eyes should appear,
> But a super programmer (with a six pack of beer).
> His resume glowed with experience so rare,
> He turned out great code with a bit pusher's flair.
> More rapid than eagles, his routines they came,
> And he whistled and shouted and called them by name:
> On Update! On Add! On Inquire! On Delete!
> On Batch Jobs! On Closing! On Functions Complete!
> His eyes were glazed over, fingers nimble and lean,
> >From weekends and nights spent in front of a 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 upon the "enter" key,
> The system came up and worked perfectly.
> The updates updated; the deletes, they deleted;
> The inquiries inquired and closings completed.
> He tested each whistle, and tested each bell,
> With nary an APPEND, thus all had gone well.
> The job was finished, the tests were concluded,
> The engineer's last changes were even included.
> "Heh!", the customer exclaimed with a snarl and a taunt,
> "It's just what I asked for, but not what I want!"