Quotes About Software Development

Over the years of developing software, I have ran across a number of quotes and saying that resonated with me and this is my curated collection.

"It’s hardware that makes a machine fast.

It’s software that makes a fast machine slow. "

— Craig Bruce
"Keep software soft."
— Terence
"The parts you can hit with a hammer is hardware. The parts you can only curse at is software."
— Unknown
"Deleted code can’t have any bugs."
— Bryan
"Adding developers to a late project, makes it even later."
— Brooks Law
"There is nothing quite so permanent as a quick fix."
— Unknown
"Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment. "
— Frederick P. Brooks
"When debugging, novices insert corrective code; experts remove the defective code. "
— Richard Pattis, CS professor at the University of California
"Anyone can write code that a computer can understand. Good programmers write code that humans can understand."
— Martin Fowler
"Measuring programming progress by lines of code is like measuring aircraft building process by weight."
— Bill Gates
"Before software can be reusable, it first has to be usable."
— Ralph Johnson
"There are two hard things in computer science: cache invalidation, naming things, and off-by-one errors."
— @codinghorror
"engineering is making what you need from things you can get."
— Jerry
"A mediocre developer who loves their job tends to be better for the team than an excellent developer who hates it."
— unknown
"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 Kernighan
"We can’t let ‘best’ be the enemy of ‘better’ code."
— Michael Feathers - Working Effectively With Legacy Code
"Always leave the code better than when you found it."
— Boy Scout Rule
"You have to remember a good employee is always two weeks away from their next job."
— Ed
"If you think good design is expensive, you should look at the cost of bad design."
— Ralf Speth, CEO of Jaguar
"A distributed system is one in which the failure of a computer you didn’t even know existed can render your own computer unusable."
— Leslie Lamport, Microsoft
"All statistic models are wrong, but some are useful."
— George Box
"a good compromise leaves everyone just a little unhappy"

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I'm a 34 year old UIUC Computer Engineer building mobile apps, websites and hardware integrations with an interest in 3D printing, biotechnology and Arduinos.

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