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1. "Programmers are not to be measured by their ingenuity and their logic but by the completeness of their case analysis."
Author: Alan Perlis
2. "LISP programmers know the value of everything and the cost of nothing."
Author: Alan Perlis
3. "The standard library saves programmers from having to reinvent the wheel."
Author: Bjarne Stroustrup
4. "My list of basic tools is a partial answer to the question about what has changed: Over the past few years, large numbers of programmers have come to depend on elaborate tools to interface code with systems facilities."
Author: Bjarne Stroustrup
5. "Programmers are always surrounded by complexity; we cannot avoid it. Our applications are complex because we are ambitious to use our computers in ever more sophisticated ways. Programming is complex because of the large number of conflicting objectives for each of our programming projects. If our basic tool, the language in which we design and code our programs, is also complicated, the language itself becomes part of the problem rather than part of its solution."
Author: C.A.R. Hoare
6. "What was amazing was that a large team of highly intelligent programmers could labor so hard and so long on such an unpromising project. You know, you shouldn't trust us intelligent programmers. We can think up such good arguments for convincing ourselves and each other of the utterly absurd. Especially don't believe us when we promise to repeat an earlier success, only bigger and better next time."
Author: C.A.R. Hoare
7. "Well, writing novels is incredibly simple: an author sits down…and writes.Granted, most writers I know are a bit strange.Some, downright weird.But then again, you'd have to be.To spend hundreds and hundreds of hours sitting in front of a computer screen staring at lines of information is pretty tedious. More like a computer programmer. And no matter how cool the Matrix made looking at code seem, computer programmers are even weirder than authors."
Author: Christopher Hopper
8. "There are no standards for computer programmers and no group to certify them."
Author: Dave Parnas
9. "Few classical programmers found prototypal inheritance to be acceptable, and classically inspired syntax obscures the language's true prototypal nature. It is the worst of both worlds."
Author: Douglas Crockford
10. "It is practically impossible to teach good programming to students that have had a prior exposure to BASIC: as potential programmers they are mentally mutilated beyond hope of regeneration."
Author: Edsger Dijkstra
11. "In the space of three weeks, I met a fair bunch of the guys who were just starting those little programmers' co-ops, and everybody was talking about starting businesses."
Author: Esther Dyson
12. "All programmers are optimists"
Author: Frederick P. Brooks Jr.
13. "The conclusion is simple: if a 200-man project has 25 managers who are the most competent and experienced programmers,fire the 175 troops and put the managers back to programming."
Author: Frederick P. Brooks Jr.
14. "Finding a technical cofounder would have been difficult for me. I was an English major and didn't know any computer programmers."
Author: Jessica Livingston
15. "Sun's role in the grand scheme of development is to work on the runtime environment and the APIs. The tools we produce are much more for systems programmers, not enterprise developers."
Author: John Fowler
16. "You might not think that programmers are artists, but programming is an extremely creative profession. It's logic-based creativity."
Author: John Romero
17. "The Scooby gang doesn't travel because they are looking for crimes to solve. They travel because they're one step ahead of the deprogrammers. Somehow, Fred's got them all snookered. It probably has something to do with the Scooby Snacks."
Author: John Scalzi
18. "Modernism was based on a kind of arrogance ... and led designers to believe that if they thought of something cool, it must be considered universally cool. That is, if something's worth doing, it's worth driving into the ground to the exclusion of all other approaches. Look at the use of parentheses in Lisp or the use of white space as syntax in Python. Or the mandatory use of objects in many languages, including Java. All of these are ways of taking freedom away from the end user "for their own good". They're just versions of Orwell's Newspeak, in which it's impossible to think bad thoughts. We escaped from the fashion police in the 1970s, but many programmers are still slaves of the cyber police."
Author: Larry Wall
19. "Programmers can be lazy."
Author: Larry Wall
20. "Real programmers can write assembly code in any language."
Author: Larry Wall
21. "Programmers are in the enviable position of not only getting to do what they want to, but because the end result is so important they get paid to do it. There are other professions like that, but not that many."
Author: Linus Torvalds
22. "Most good programmers do programming not because they expect to get paid or get adulation by the public, but because it is fun to program."
Author: Linus Torvalds
23. "Collaboration with a small group of programmers, Joy took on the task of rewriting UNIX, which was a software system developed by AT&T for"
Author: Malcolm Gladwell
24. "Another: to geniuses, business tycoons, rock stars, and software programmers. We're going to uncover the secrets of a remarkable lawyer, look at"
Author: Malcolm Gladwell
25. "Programmers work in bursts of productivity. Then, they let the brain rest and get back into it. A lot about the office world is not a great fit for me."
Author: Marco Arment
26. "Magicians are typically introverted; they don't tend to work with others, but I work with software programmers, composers, designers, so it's a very diverse group and the result is always more interesting than something I could have done by myself."
Author: Marco Tempest
27. "Beyond basic mathematical aptitude, the difference between good programmers and great programmers is verbal ability."
Author: Marissa Mayer
28. "Of course, it's hard to support full-time programmers, so we do get funds from a set of companies that are interested in the health of the Mozilla project and so are willing to support the people working for the Foundation as well."
Author: Mitchell Baker
29. "My duty as a teacher is to train, educate future programmers."
Author: Niklaus Wirth
30. "Many programmers would prefer to mock in their client library specs, but doing so could result in the service and client passing all specs with hidden failures."
Author: Paul Dix
31. "One thing that separates good programmers from bad programmers is that good programmers are more facile at jumping between layers of abstraction—they can keep the layers distinct while making changes and choose the right layer to make changes in."
Author: Peter Seibel
32. "If programmers deserve to be rewarded for creating innovative programs, by the same token they deserve to be punished if they restrict the use of these programs."
Author: Richard Stallman
33. "America pays defense contractors to build aircraft carriers. Google pays brilliant programmers to do whatever the hell they want."
Author: Robin Sloan
34. "All great programmers learn the same way. They poke the box. They code something and see what the computer does. They change it and see what the computer does. They repeat the process again and again until they figure out how the box works."
Author: Seth Godin
35. "The trouble with programmers is that you can never tell what a programmer is doing until it's too late."
Author: Seymour Cray
36. "Jobs was a strong-willed, elitist artist who didn't want his creations mutated inauspiciously by unworthy programmers. To him it would be as if someone off the street added some brush strokes to a Picasso painting or changed the lyrics to a Dylan song."
Author: Walter Isaacson
37. "Most kids are not dreaming of being programmers, scientists or engineers."
38. "In our daily lives as programmers, we process text strings a lot. So I tried to work hard on text processing, namely the string class and regular expressions. Regular expressions are built into the language and are very tuned up for use."
Author: Yukihiro Matsumoto

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