Computer Programming Quotes

This is a small list of my favourite quotes relating to computer programming.

If debugging is the process of removing software bugs, then programming must be the process of putting them in.
— Edsger W. Dijkstra

First, solve the problem. Then, write the code.
— John Johnson

There are no small changes when you’re committed to delivering quality software.
— Des Traynor

The object oriented model provides a structured way to write spaghetti code.
— Paul Graham

The speed of software halves every 18 months.
— Martin Rieser

Adding complexity to manage complexity is a losing proposition.
— Jeff Fox

If you’re willing to restrict the flexibility of your approach, you can almost always do something better.
— John Carmack

Constraint should be embraced for its ability to enhance the creative process and bring out the best in human ingenuity.
— Jake; Bauer

The language that doesn’t have everything is easier to program in than the one that does.
— Dennis Ritchie

One of my most productive days was throwing away 1000 lines of code.
— Ken Thompson

As we have higher and higher level programming tools with better and better abstractions, becoming a proficient programmer is getting harder and harder.
— Joel Spolsky

If your code needs a comment to be understood, it would be better to rewrite it so it’s easier to understand.
— Rob Pike

Code is the only thing you can trust.
— Carlos Davide

The cheapest, fastest, and most reliable components are those that aren’t there.
— Gordon Bell

Good taste is rethinking the problem so that the special case goes away.
— Linus Torvalds

There’s a difference between simplifying, and making a higher level of abstraction.
— Jonathan Blow

If you want satisfying answers to life’s mysteries about production environments, you need to be able to get to the bottom of things.
— Rachel Kroll

There’s always state, what differentiates different approaches is where it is kept.
— Chuck Moore

Most of modern programming is spent creating and consuming fake abstractions that are much more leaky and buggy than we’d like admit.
— Daniel B. Markham

[Cowardly] minimalism is the illusion of simplicity backed by megabytes of cruft.
— Maciej Cegeowski

To become a generally usable programming product, a program must be written in a generalized fashion.
— Fred Brooks Jr.

Aggressive surgery is the only known treatment against the cancer of feature creep.
— Dan–Simon Marland

Building the bridge as you cross the river for the first time is a paralyzing thought, and despite all my wishes about it being done right on that initial attempt, it turns out it’s a pretty good idea to make that first crossing as cheap and easy to tear down —and replace—as possible.
—Fred Herbert

Functionality is an asset, but code is a liability.
— Ted Dziuba

Personally, I have always found it important to actually understand the things I am using.
— Marc Ten Bosch

The problem is that we are attempting to build systems that are beyond our ability to intellectually manage.
— Nancy Leveson

When you do things right, people won’t be sure you’ve done anything at all.
— God, “Futurama”