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List of Best Programming Quotes

Programming is a bunch of instructions that dictates to computers how to function. Over the years, millions of programmers have contributed to the development of the coding field. Amongst these programmers, several people have made incredible pronouncements, which have provided insight, laughter, and reflection to programmers and non-programmers alike. In no particular order, here are some of the best programming quotes.

  1. “First, solve the problem. Then, write the code.” ― John Johnson
  2. “Talk is cheap. Show me the code.” ― Linus Torvalds
  3. “Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.” ― Oscar Wilde
  4. “Sometimes it pays to stay in bed on Monday, rather than spending the rest of the week debugging Monday’s code.” ― Dan Salomon
  5. “Optimism is an occupational hazard of programming: feedback is the treatment.” ― Kent Beck
  6. "Java is to JavaScript what Car is to Carpet." ― Chris Heilmann
  7. “Make it work, make it right, make it fast.” ― Kent Beck
  8. “Programs must be written for people to read, and only incidentally for machines to execute.” ― Harold Abelson
  9. “Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning.” ― Rick Cook
  10. “Any fool can write code that a computer can understand. Good programmers write code that humans can understand.” ― Martin Fowler
  11. “Simplicity is the soul of efficiency.” ― Austin Freeman
  12. “You are not reading this book because a teacher assigned it to you, you are reading it because you have a desire to learn, and wanting to learn is the biggest advantage you can have.” ― Cory Althoff
  13. “Ruby is rubbish! PHP is phpantastic!” ― Nikita Popov
  14. “Writing code has a place in the human hierarchy worth somewhere above grave robbing and beneath managing.” ― Gerald Weinberg
  15. “Before software can be reusable it first has to be usable.” ― Ralph Johnson
  16. “Code is like humor. When you have to explain it, it’s bad.” ― Cory House
  17. “Punishments include such things as flashbacks, flooding of unbearable emotions, painful body memories, flooding of memories in which the survivor perpetrated against others, self-harm, and suicide attempts.” ― Alison Miller
  18. “Without requirements or design, programming is the art of adding bugs to an empty text file.” ― Louis Srygley
  19. “I think Microsoft named .Net so it wouldn’t show up in a Unix directory listing.” ― Oktal
  20. “There are two ways to write error-free programs; only the third one works.” ― Alan J. Perlis
  21. “Fix the cause, not the symptom.” ― Steve Maguire
  22. “One man’s crappy software is another man’s full-time job.” ― Jessica Gaston
  23. “Measuring programming progress by lines of code is like measuring aircraft building progress by weight.” ― Bill Gates
  24. “If builders built buildings the way programmers wrote programs, then the first woodpecker that came along would destroy civilization.” ― Gerald Weinberg
  25. “A language that doesn't affect the way you think about programming is not worth knowing.” ― Alan J. Perlis

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