“If it works, leave it alone — there’s no need to understand it.
If it fails, try to fix it — there’s no time to understand it.”
“A one-question geek test. If you get the joke, you’re a geek:
Seen on a California license plate on a VW Beetle: ‘FEATURE‘…”
— Joshua D. Wachs, Natural Intelligence Inc.
“Always code as if the guy who ends up maintaining your code will be a violent psychopath who knows where you live.” — Martin Golding.
“The only problem with troubleshooting is that sometimes trouble shoots back.”
“Who is this general ‘Failure‘ and why is he reading my disk ?”
“If Python is executable pseudocode, then perl is executable line noise.”
“The great thing about Object Oriented code is that it can make small, simple problems look like large, complex ones.”
“C++: Hard to learn and built to stay that way.”
“I invented the term ‘Object-Oriented‘, and I can tell you I did not have C++ in mind.”
— Alan Kay, creator of Smalltalk
“There are two major products that come out of Berkeley: LSD and UNIX. We don’t believe this to be a coincidence.” — Jeremy S. Anderson.
“It is easier to port a shell than a shell script.” — Larry Wall.
“Unix is user-friendly. It’s just very selective about who its friends are.”
“The number of the beast — vi vi vi.”
Software and cathedrals are much the same – first we build them, then we pray.
If a million monkeys were typing on computers, one of them will eventually write a Java program. The rest of them will write Perl programs.
The camel has evolved to be relatively self-sufficient. On the other hand, the camel has not evolved to smell good. Neither has Perl. — Larry Wall
PHP is a minor evil perpetrated and created by incompetent amateurs, whereas Perl is a great and insidious evil, perpetrated by skilled but perverted professionals.
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
Some problems are so complex that you have to be highly intelligent and well informed just to be undecided about them. Laurence J. Peter