Top 10 favourite quotes on programming?

By on December 13, 2010

Today i am just going to share you out some of the most favourite programming quotes. I have tried my level best to keep up the humor sense a bit high to enjoy the post.

Walking on water and developing software from a specification are easy if both are frozen.

Always code as if the guy who ends up maintaining your code will be a violent psychopath who knows where you live.

Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning.

Debuggers don’t remove bugs. They only show them in slow motion.

Nine people can’t make a baby in a month.

There are only two kinds of languages: the ones people complain about and the ones nobody uses

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

Commenting your code is like cleaning your bathroom – you never want to do it, but it really does create a more pleasant experience for you and your guests.

Programming is like sex: one mistake and you have to support it for the rest of your life.

I have always wished for my computer to be as easy to use as my telephone; my wish has come true because I can no longer figure out how to use my telephone

You wanted a banana but what you got was a gorilla holding the banana and the entire jungle.

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One Comment

  1. Mike Mason

    December 15, 2010 at 1:19 am

    Thanks for sharing. This one is long, but really reflects how I feel about my own programming work.

    “You know, when you have a program that does something really cool, and you wrote it from scratch, and it took a significant part of your life, you grow fond of it. When it’s finished, it feels like some kind of amorphous sculpture that you’ve created. It has an abstract shape in your head that’s completely independent of its actual purpose. Elegant, simple, beautiful.

    Then, only a year later, after making dozens of pragmatic alterations to suit the people who use it, not only has your Venus-de-Milo lost both arms, she also has a giraffe’s head sticking out of her chest and a cherubic penis that squirts colored water into a plastic bucket. The romance has become so painful that each day you struggle with an overwhelming urge to smash the fucking thing to pieces with a hammer.”

    - Nick Foster (“Life as a programmer”)

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