Indeed, the woes of Software Engineering are not due to lack of tools, or proper management, but largely due to lack of sufficient technical competence.
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.
Should array indices start at 0 or 1? My compromise of 0.5 was rejected without, I thought, proper consideration.
Any fool can write code that a computer can understand. Good programmers write code that humans can understand.
When debugging, novices insert corrective code; experts remove defective code.
Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later
There are two ways to write error-free programs; only the third one works.
Programs must be written for people to read, and only incidentally for machines to execute.
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.
If debugging is the process of removing software bugs, then programming must be the process of putting them in.
The trouble with programmers is that you can never tell what a programmer is doing until it's too late.
There are two ways of constructing a software design: One way is to make it so simple that there are obviously no deficiencies, and the other way is to make it so complicated that there are no obvious deficiencies. The first method is far more difficult.
The cheapest, fastest, and most reliable components are those that aren't there.
Beware of bugs in the above code; I have only proved it correct, not tried it.
Software gets slower faster than hardware gets faster.
That's the thing about people who think they hate computers. What they really hate is lousy programmers.
The question of whether computers can think is like the question of whether submarines can swim.
Einstein repeatedly argued that there must be simplified explanations of nature, because God is not capricious or arbitrary. No such faith comforts the software engineer.
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.
It's a curious thing about our industry: not only do we not learn from our mistakes, we also don't learn from our successes.
The bearing of a child takes nine months, no matter how many women are assigned.
Software is like sex: It's better when it's free.
Increasingly, people seem to misinterpret complexity as sophistication, which is baffling -- the incomprehensible should cause suspicion rather than admiration.
Computer science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes.
The best performance improvement is the transition from the nonworking state to the working state.
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