The most copied StackOverflow Java code snippet of all time contains a bug.
The admission comes from the author of the snippet, Andreas Lundblad, a Java developer at Palantir, and one of the highest-ranked contributors to StackOverflow.
A research paper published in 2018, "Usage and Attribution of Stack Overflow Code Snippets in GitHub Projects," identified a code snippet Lundblad posted on the site as the most copied Java code taken from StackOverflow and then re-used in open source projects. Academics found that this code had been copied and embedded in more than 6,000 GitHub Java projects.
The code snippet printed byte counts in a human-readable format.
In a blog post published last week, Lundblad said that the code was flawed and that it converted byte counts into human-readable formats incorrectly.
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