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Programming Quotes

At work, we have a guy who I am pretty sure just goes out looking for email forwards to send out to everyone in the department. Usually these are complete and utter crap. But today, he struck a gold mine. And, therefore, I will share that wealth with you.


Here are the quotes.

Here are some samples to whet your appetite:

  • Roy Carls: The sooner you start to code, the longer the program will take.
  • Edward Tufte: There are only two industries that refer to their customers as users.
  • Gerald Weinberg: If builders built buildings the way programmers wrote programs, then the first woodpecker that came along would destroy civilization.
  • The Enlightenment Project: Our developers never release code. Rather, it tends to escape, pillaging the countryside all around.
  • Theory is when you know something, but it doesn’t work. Practice is when something works, but you don’t know why. Programmers combine theory and practice: nothing works and they don’t know why.
  • Debugging is like alien abduction. Large blocks of time disappear, for which you have no explanation.

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