This pilot fish works at an IT services outfit that’s trying to get a contract with a very large public transportation company.

“They wanted to offload some schedule simulation programs to free up their mainframes for other work,” fish says. “But before they would sign the contract, they wanted us to run the software on our machines to see if they would get valid results.”

Fish and his cohorts port the Fortran code to the new machine and make a test run so the results can be compared with what they’re supposed to be.

But before sending the results to the potential customer, fish and his team check everything against the expected output that the customer has sent to them.

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