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Here are some amazing quotes about software development to inspire you, make you laugh, or make you think.
"Programming isn't about what you know; it's about what you can figure out.” - Chris Pine
Especially important for beginners. At first, we're so anxious about knowing everything, especially language syntax. Problem-solving is the skill we end up using most.
"The only way to learn a new programming language is by writing programs in it." - Dennis Ritchie
Programmers are mostly "learn by doing" types. No amount of academic study or watching other people code can compare to breaking open an editor and start making mistakes.
"Sometimes it's better to leave something alone, to pause, and that's very true of programming." - Joyce Wheeler
When managing developers I would always encourage getting up and walking away from the computer when you have a problem. Some of your best solutions will come to you when you're not at the machine.
"In some ways, programming is like painting. You start with a blank canvas and certain basic raw materials. You use a combination of science, art, and craft to determine what to do with them." - Andrew Hunt
Outsiders question whether programming is art. Programmers don't.
"Testing leads to failure, and failure leads to understanding." - Burt Rutan
Some developers hate testing. However, shifting your attitude and embracing it makes you a better developer.
"The best error message is the one that never shows up." - Thomas Fuchs
Remember this the next time you decide to focus on some great error reporting.
“The most damaging phrase in the language is.. it's always been done this way” - Grace Hopper
To be a programmer long term, you have to love change. You can't just tolerate it, you have to love it.
Since #6 seems somewhat vague, I'll add this one as a patch:
"Don't write better error messages, write code that doesn't need them." - Jason C. McDonald