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My Compiler Compiles Your Compiler. I Still Am A C++ Fanatic.

— Anonymous & Vivek Ragunathan

If you think C++ is not overly complicated, just what is a protected abstract virtual base pure virtual private destructor and when was the last time you needed one?

— Tom Cargill

C makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot; C++ makes it harder, but when you do, it blows away your whole leg.

— Bjarne Stroustrup

No, no, you're not thinking, you're just being logical.

— Niels Bohr

The proper use of comments is to compensate for our failure to express ourselves in code.

— Robert C. Martin

If you want a product with certain characteristics, you must ensure that the team has those characteristics before the product's development.

— Jim McCarthy and Michele McCarthy

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

— Bill Gates

Another effective [debugging] technique is to explain your code to someone else. This will often cause you to explain the bug to yourself. Sometimes it takes no more than a few sentences, followed by an embarrassed "Never mind. I see what's wrong. Sorry to bother you." This works remarkbly well; you can even use non-programmers as listeners. One university computer center kept a teddy bear near the help desk. Students with mysterious bugs were required to explain them to the bear before they could speak to a human counselor.[^]

— Brian W. Kernighan

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.

— Brian W. Kernighan and P. J. Plauger in The Elements of Programming Style.

The most effective debugging tool is still careful thought, coupled with judiciously placed print statements.

— Brian W. Kernighan, in the paper Unix for Beginners (1979)

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

— John Johnson

You can't trust code that you did not totally create yourself.

— Ken Thompson

Unix has retarded OS research by 10 years and linux has retarded it by 20.

— Dennis Ritchie

This is one of the reasons Lisp doesn't get anywhere. The trend to promote features so clever that you stop thinking about your problem and start thinking about the clever features. CL's loop is so powerful that people invented functional programming so that they'd never have to use it.

— G Morgan

Code never lies, comments sometimes do.

— Ron Jeffries

The most important single aspect of software development is to be clear about what you are trying to build.

— Bjarne Stroustrup

If it doesn't work, it doesn't matter how fast it doesn't work.

— Mich Ravera

If the automobile had followed the same development cycle as the computer, a Rolls-Royce would today cost $100, get a million miles per gallon, and explode once a year, killing everyone inside.

— Robert X. Cringely

In programming the hard part isn't solving problems, but deciding what problems to solve.

— Paul Graham

The trick is to fix the problem you have, rather than the problem you want.

— Bram Cohen

Most programmers have seen them, and most good programmers realize they’ve written at least one. They are huge, messy, ugly programs that should have been short, clean, beautiful programs

— Jon Bentley (Programming Pearls).

The romantic image of an über-programmer is someone who fires up Emacs, types like a machine gun, and delivers a flawless final product from scratch. A more accurate image would be someone who stares quietly into space for a few minutes and then says "Hmm. I think I've seen something like this before."

— John D. Cook

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