If you cannot grok the overall structure of a program while taking a shower, you are not ready to code it.
If you think your users are idiots, only idiots will use it.
Software is like sex: It's better when it's free.
If the automobile had followed the same development as the computer, a Rolls-Royce would today cost $100, get a million miles per gallon, and explode once a year killing everyone inside.
Considering the current sad state of our computer programs, software development is clearly still a black art, and cannot yet be called an engineering discipline.
I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.
As a programmer, it is your job to put yourself out of business. What you do today can be automated tomorrow.
Programming in Basic causes brain damage.
When your language is nowhere near Turing-complete, syntactic sugar can be your friend.
Owning a computer without programming is like having a kitchen and using only the microwave oven
In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they are not.
Good code is its own best documentation.
Any fool can write code that a computer can understand. Good programmers write code that humans can understand.
Should array indices start at 0 or 1? My compromise of 0.5 was rejected without, I thought, proper consideration.
Programming is an explanatory activity.
Testing is not the point. The point is about responsibility.
A smart terminal is not a smartass terminal, but rather a terminal you can educate.
Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later
The one who insists on never uttering an error must remain silent.
For every scientific (or engineering) action, there is an equal and opposite social reaction.
By relieving the brain of all unnecessary work, a good notation sets it free to concentrate on more advanced problems, and in effect increases the mental power of the race.
Don't ask what it means, but rather how it is used.
Every reader should ask himself periodically “Toward what end, toward what end?”—but do not ask it too often lest you pass up the fun of programming for the constipation of bittersweet philosophy.
Learning to code makes kids feel empowered, creative, and confident. If we want our young women to retain these traits into adulthood, a great option is to expose them to computer programming in their youth.
The fact that the same symbolic programming primitives work for those as work for math kinds of things, I think, really validates the idea of symbolic programming being something pretty general.
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