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December One-liners: Programming Special!

Here are the new one-liners for December. This time it’s programming special, with a few sprinkles of less nerdy wisdom. Most of the quotes below are collected from the Twitter account Programming Wisdom. They’re not exactly haha-funny, but if you’re a programmer they should make you think. Enjoy!

  • “It’s all talk until the code runs.” – Ward Cunningham
  • “In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But, in practice, there is.” – Jan L.A van de Snepscheut
  • I’ve got an idea for a really scary Halloween costume. How do I dress up as “The World Right Now”?
  • “What one programmer can do in one month, two programmers can do in two months.” – Fred Brooks
  • “Good software, like good wine, takes time.” – Joel Spolsky
  • “Debugging is like being the detective in a crime movie where you are also the murderer.” – Filipe Fortes
  • Trying again to persuade my wife to participate in a twosome.
  • “We build our computer systems the way we build our cities: over time, without a plan, on top of ruins.” – Ellen Ullman
  • “Think about it; and think about it carefully. Nothing happens in our society without software. Nothing.” – Robert “Uncle Bob Martin
  • “I ran a half marathon” sounds so much better than “I quit halfway through a marathon”.
  • “A language that doesn’t affect the way you think about programming is not worth knowing.” – Alan J. Perlis
  • “Programs must be written for people to read, and only incidentally for machines to execute.” – Harold Abelson & Gerald Jay Sussman
  • “Debugging time increases as a square of the program’s size.” – Chris Wenham
  • “One of the best programming skills you can have is knowing when to walk away for awhile.” – Oscar Godson
  • The trick to really enjoying someone’s company is to not spend a lot of time with them.
  • “The strength of JavaScript is that you can do anything. The weakness is that you will.” – Reg Braithwaite
  • “The best programs are the ones written when the programmer is supposed to be working on something else.” – Melinda Varian
  • “A primary cause of complexity is that software vendors uncritically adopt almost any feature that users want.”- Niklaus Wirth
  • “Every great developer you know got there by solving problems they were unqualified to solve until they actually did it.” – Patrick McKenzie
  • Life doesn’t hand me lemons, it fires them at me rapidly from a lemon cannon.
  • “The next best thing to having good ideas is recognizing good ideas from your users. Sometimes the latter is better.” – Eric Raymond
  • “Looking at code you wrote more than two weeks ago is like looking at code you are seeing for the first time.”– Dan Hurvitz
  • Having nutrition information on a bag of Cheetos is like having dating tips on a box of Crocs.

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