Programming wisdom

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Published: Friday, Jan 28, 2022 Last modified: Thursday, May 26, 2022

[T]he difference between a bad programmer and a good one is whether he considers his code or his data structures more important. Bad programmers worry about the code. Good programmers worry about data structures and their relationships.

— Linus Torvalds

Clarity and brevity sometimes are at odds. When they are, I choose clarity.

— Jacob Kaplan-Moss

The competent programmer is fully aware of the limited size of his own skull. He therefore approaches his task with full humility, and avoids clever tricks like the plague.

— Edsger Dijkstra

Optimism is an occupational hazard of programming; feedback is the treatment.

— Kent Beck

Make it work, make it right, make it fast.

— Kent Beck

Any fool can write code that a computer can understand. Good programmers write code that humans can understand.

— Martin Fowler

A lot of times, people don't know what they want until you show it to them.

— Steve Jobs

Innovation is not about saying yes to everything. It's about saying NO to all but the most crucial features.

— Steve Jobs

Controlling complexity is the essence of computer programming.

— Brian Kernigan

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

— Martin Golding

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

— Fred Brooks, The Mythical Man-Month

A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.

— Albert Einstein

A language that doesn't affect the way you think about programming is not worth knowing.

— Alan J. Perlis

Don't gloss over a routine or piece of code involved in the bug because you "know" it works. Prove it. Prove it in this context, with this data, with these boundary conditions.

— Andrew Hunt

If you ever talk to a great programmer, you'll find they know their tools like an artist knows their paintbrushes.

— Bill Gates

The first 90 percent of the code accounts for the first 90 percent of the development time. The remaining 10 percent of the code account for the other 90 percent of the development time.

— Tom Cargill


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