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Programming Quotes


Java is to JavaScript what Car is to Carpet. - Chris Heilmann


It's hard enough to find an error in your code when you're looking for it; it's even harder when you've assumed your code is error-free. - Steve McConnell


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


Rules of Optimization:
Rule 1: Don't do it.
Rule 2 (for experts only): Don't do it yet. - Michael A. Jackson


The best method for accelerating a computer is the one that boosts it by 9.8 m/s2. - Anonymous


Walking on water and developing software from a specification are easy if both are frozen. - Edward V Berard


Debugging is twice as hard as writing the code in the first place. Therefore, if you write the code as cleverly as possible, you are, by definition, not smart enough to debug it. - Brian Kernighan


It's not at all important to get it right the first time. It's vitally important to get it right the last time. - Andrew Hunt and David Thomas


First, solve the problem. Then, write the code. - John Johnson


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


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


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


Software sucks because users demand it to. - Nathan Myhrvold


Linux is only free if your time has no value. - Jamie Zawinski


Beware of bugs in the above code; I have only proved it correct, not tried it. - Donald Knuth


There is not now, nor has there ever been, nor will there ever be, any programming language in which it is the least bit difficult to write bad code. - Flon's Law


The first 90% of the code accounts for the first 90% of the development time. The remaining 10% of the code accounts for the other 90% of the development time. - Tom Cargill


Good code is its own best documentation. As you're about to add a comment, ask yourself, "How can I improve the code so that this comment isn't needed?" Improve the code and then document it to make it even clearer. - Steve McConnell


Programs must be written for people to read, and only incidentally for machines to execute. - Abelson / Sussman


Most software today is very much like an Egyptian pyramid with millions of bricks piled on top of each other, with no structural integrity, but just done by brute force and thousands of slaves. - Alan Kay


Programming can be fun, so can cryptography; however they should not be combined. - Kreitzberg and Shneiderman


Copy and paste is a design error. - David Parnas


Before software can be reusable it first has to be usable. - Ralph Johnson


Without requirements or design, programming is the art of adding bugs to an empty text file. - Louis Srygley


When someone says, "I want a programming language in which I need only say what I want done," give him a lollipop. - Alan Perlis


Computers are good at following instructions, but not at reading your mind. - Donald Knuth

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