30+ Interesting Quotes for Programmers

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30+ Interesting Quotes for Programmers



  1. Programming is the art of telling another human being what one wants the computer to do. Donald Ervin Knuth

  2. If debugging is the process of removing bugs, then programming must be the process of putting them in. Sam Redwine

  3. Programming is the art of algorithm design and the craft of debugging errant code. Ellen Ullman

  4. Make it work, make it right, make it fast. Kent Beck

  5. Fifty years of programming language research, and we end up with C++? Richard A. O’Keefe

  6. You have to watch CNN, MSNBC, Fox, then the local news, and then Al Jazeera. The truth is somewhere in the middle because all of them are lying. It's what they're not saying that's really going on. What they're saying is called television programming. They're telling you this is the program. You are being programmed. Eddie Griffin

  7. The computer programmer is a creator of universes for which he alone is the lawgiver. No playwright, no stage director, no emperor, however powerful, has ever exercised such absolute authority to arrange a stage or field of battle and to command such unswervingly dutiful actors or troops. Joseph Weizenbaum

  8. Don’t worry if it doesn’t work right. If everything did, you’d be out of a job. Mosher’s Law of Software Engineering

  9. Should array indices start at 0 or 1?  My compromise of 0.5 was rejected without, I thought, proper consideration. Stan Kelly-Bootle

  10. Progress is possible only if we train ourselves to think about programs without thinking of them as pieces of executable code. Edsger W. Dijkstra

  11. If the automobile had followed the same development cycle as the computer, a Rolls-Royce would today cost $100, get a million miles per gallon, and explode once a year, killing everyone inside. Robert X. Cringely

  12. Hardware is made to last. Software is made to change. Change is the only thing that lasts. Software wins. Unknown

  13. There’s no obfuscated Perl contest because it’s pointless. Unknown

  14. Most of you are familiar with the virtues of a programmer. There are three, of course: laziness, impatience, and hubris. Unknown

  15. You might not think that programmers are artists, but programming is an extremely creative profession. It's logic-based creativity. John Romero

  16. It is practically impossible to teach good programming style to students that have had prior exposure to BASIC.  As potential programmers, they are mentally mutilated beyond hope of regeneration. E. W. Dijkstra

  17. A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history–with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila. Mitch Radcliffe

  18. We will never become a truly paper-less society until the Palm Pilot folks come out with WipeMe 1.0. Andy Pierson

  19. When all else fails... reboot. Unknown

  20. A programmer is a person who passes as an exacting expert on the basis of being able to turn out, after innumerable punching, an infinite series of incomprehensive answers calculated with micrometric precisions from vague assumptions based on debatable figures taken from inconclusive documents and carried out on instruments of problematical accuracy by persons of dubious reliability and questionable mentality for the avowed purpose of annoying and confounding a hopelessly defenseless department that was unfortunate enough to ask for the information in the first place. Unknown

  21. The computer was born to solve problems that did not exist before. Unknown

  22. There’s no place like 127.0.0.1. Unknown

  23. True innovation often comes from the small startup who is lean enough to launch a market but lacks the heft to own it. Timm Martin

  24. One man’s crappy software is another man’s full-time job. Unknown

  25. No matter which field of work you want to go in, it is of great importance to learn at least one programming language. Ram Ray

  26. Programmers are not to be measured by their ingenuity and their logic but by the completeness of their case analysis. Alan J. Perlis

  27. The best thing about a boolean is even if you are wrong, you are only off by a bit. Unknown

  28. The function of good software is to make the complex appear to be simple. Grady Booch

  29. Computers are getting smarter all the time.  Scientists tell us that soon they will be able to talk to us.  (And by ‘they’, I mean ‘computers’.  I doubt scientists will ever be able to talk to us.) Dave Barry

  30. Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes. Oscar Wilde


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