quote by Linus Torvalds

Most of the good programmers do programming not because they expect to get paid or get adulation by the public, but because it is fun to program.

— Linus Torvalds

Unconventional Computer Programmers quotations

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

C makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot;

C++ makes it harder, but when you do it blows your whole leg off.

It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.

The question of whether computers can think is like the question of whether submarines can swim.

Any fool can write code that a computer can understand.

Good programmers write code that humans can understand.

Bad programmers worry about the code.

Good programmers worry about data structures and their relationships.

Computer programming is an art, because it applies accumulated knowledge to the world, because it requires skill and ingenuity, and especially because it produces objects of beauty. A programmer who subconsciously views himself as an artist will enjoy what he does and will do it better.

Documentation is like sex: when it is good, it is very, very good;

and when it is bad, it is better than nothing.

I'm not a great programmer; I'm just a good programmer with great habits.

When debugging, novices insert corrective code; experts remove defective code.

Most of you are familiar with the virtues of a programmer.

There are three, of course: laziness, impatience, and hubris.

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

Software gets slower faster than hardware gets faster.

The function of good software is to make the complex appear to be simple.

I wouldn't call myself a geek, but I do sometimes teach Mommy and Daddy stuff about computers. And I do watch TV, but only informative programmes like the news and documentaries.

The computer programmer is a creator of universes for which he alone is responsible. Universes of virtually unlimited complexity can be created in the form of computer programs.

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

C is quirky, flawed, and an enormous success.

The generation of random numbers is too important to be left to chance.

It should be noted that no ethically-trained software engineer would ever consent to write a DestroyBaghdad procedure. Basic professional ethics would instead require him to write a DestroyCity procedure, to which Baghdad could be given as a parameter.

The cheapest, fastest, and most reliable components are those that aren't there.

The best programmers are not marginally better than merely good ones.

They are an order-of-magnitude better, measured by whatever standard: conceptual creativity, speed, ingenuity of design, or problem-solving ability.

We should forget about small efficiencies, say about 97% of the time: premature optimization is the root of all evil.

A language that doesn't have everything is actually easier to program in than some that do

Controlling complexity is the essence of computer programming.

Know what you're talking about.

The unavoidable price of reliability is simplicity.

Besides a mathematical inclination, an exceptionally good mastery of one's native tongue is the most vital asset of a competent programmer.

Don't worry kids, you'll find work. After all, my machine will need strong chess player-programmers. You will be the first.

I'm always thinking about songs, I'm thinking of life maybe a little bit more lyrically than a computer programmer or someone like that.

Programming languages, like pizzas, come in only too sizes; too big and too small.

It's better to wait for a productive programmer to become available than it is to wait for the first available programmer to become productive.

Premature optimization is the root of all evil in programming.

Computers are like bikinis. They save people a lot of guesswork.

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