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Inspirational Programming Quotes for Developers

A programmer needs to handle lots of work and projects during his work and services need to provide. With all the deadlines, coding, debugging, project pressure, engineering and learning new programming technologies. A programmer always needs some inspiration and motivation in life.

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Here are some of the motivational and inspirational quotes and quotations for programming and programmers are as follows,  

“Any fool can write code that a computer can understand. Good programmers write code that humans can understand.”

– Martin Fowler

“I’m not a great programmer; I’m just a good programmer with great habits.”

– Kent Beck

“The most amazing achievement of the computer software industry is its continuing cancellation of the steady and staggering gains made by the computer hardware industry.”

– Henry Petroski

“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

“The only way to learn a new programming language is by writing programs in it.”

– Dennis Ritchie

 “Object-oriented programming offers a sustainable way to write spaghetti code. It lets you accrete programs as a series of patches.”

– Paul Graham

“Computer science education cannot make anybody an expert programmer any more than studying brushes and pigment can make somebody an expert painter.”

– Eric Raymond

“The best programs are written so that computing machines can perform them quickly and so that human beings can understand them clearly. A programmer is ideally an essayist who works with traditional aesthetic and literary forms as well as mathematical concepts, to communicate the way that an algorithm works and to convince a reader that the results will be correct.”

– Donald E. Knuth

“Measuring programming progress by lines of code is like measuring aircraft building progress by weight.”

– Bill Gates

“Give a man a program, frustrate him for a day. Teach a man to program, frustrate him for a lifetime.”

– Muhammad Waseem

“That’s the thing about people who think they hate computers. What they really hate is lousy programmers.”

– Larry Niven

“In some ways, programming is like painting. You start with a blank canvas and certain basic raw materials. You use a combination of science, art, and craft to determine what to do with them.” 

– Andrew Hunt

“First, solve the problem. Then, write the code.”

– John Johnson

“How you look at it is pretty much how you’ll see it.”

– Rasheed Ogunlaru

“I think Microsoft named. Net so it wouldn’t show up in a Unix directory listing.”

– Oktal

 “The most damaging phrase in the language. It’s always been done this way.” 

– Grace Hopper

“For a long time, it puzzled me how something so expensive, so leading edge could be so useless.  And then it occurred to me that a computer is a stupid machine with the ability to do incredibly smart things, while computer programmers are smart people with the ability to do incredibly stupid things.  They are, in short, a perfect match.”

– Bill Bryson

“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

“The trouble with programmers is that you can never tell what a programmer is doing until it’s too late.”

– Seymour Cray

“A language that doesn’t affect the way you think about programming is not worth knowing.”

– Alan J. Perlis

“Come to think of it, there are already a million monkeys on a million typewriters, and Usenet is nothing like Shakespeare.”

– Blair Houghton

“The most disastrous thing that you can ever learn is your first programming language.”

– Alan Kay

“A computer is like a violin. You can imagine a novice trying first a phonograph and then a violin. The latter, he says, sounds terrible. That is the argument we have heard from our humanists and most of our computer scientists. Computer programs are good, they say, for particular purposes, but they aren’t flexible. Neither is a violin, or a typewriter until you learn how to use it.”

– Marvin Minsky

“When they first built the University of California at Irvine, they just put the buildings in. They did not put any sidewalks, they just planted grass. The next year, they came back and put the sidewalks where the trails were in the grass. Perl is just that kind of language. It is not designed from first principles. Perl is those sidewalks in the grass.”

– Larry Wall

“As soon as we started programming, we found to our surprise that it wasn’t as easy to get programs right as we had thought.  Debugging had to be discovered.  I can remember the exact moment when I realized that a large part of my life from then on was going to be spent in finding mistakes in my own programs.”

– Maurice Wilkes

“Sometimes it’s better to leave something alone, to pause, and that’s very true of programming.”

 – Joyce Wheeler

“Sometimes, it pays to stay in bed on Monday rather than spending the rest of the week debugging Monday’s code.”

– Dan Salomon

“There are only two kinds of programming languages: those people always bitch about and those nobody uses.”

– Bjarne Stroustrup

“The most important property of a program is whether it accomplishes the intention of its user.”

– C.A.R. Hoare

“When to use iterative development? You should use iterative development only on projects that you want to succeed.”

– Martin Fowler

“It has been said that the great scientific disciplines are examples of giants standing on the shoulders of other giants.  It has also been said that the software industry is an example of midgets standing on the toes of other midgets.”

– Alan Cooper

“Testing leads to failure, and failure leads to understanding.” 

– Burt Rutan

“Big Brother fills us all with the same crap. My guess is he was clever the same way everybody thinks they’re clever. I tell her to type in ‘password.”

– Chuck Palahniuk

“One of the main causes of the fall of the Roman Empire was that–lacking zero–they had no way to indicate successful termination of their C programs.”

– Robert Firth

“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.”

– Bill Clinton

“The best error message is the one that never shows up.”

– Thomas Fuchs

“First learn computer science and all the theory.  Next develop a programming style.  Then forget all that and just hack.”

– George Carrette

“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 isn’t about what you know; it’s about what you can figure out.”

– Chris Pine

“The use of COBOL cripples the mind; its teaching should therefore be regarded as a criminal offense.”

– E.W. Dijkstra

“Optimism is an occupational hazard of programming; feedback is the treatment.”

– Kent Beck

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