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11 great quotes from The Tao of Programming

Originally published at Learnetto.com.

The Tao of Programming by Geoffrey James is a strange and funny book. It’s one of my all-time favourites.

These are some of my favourite quotes from the book:

β€œAfter three days without programming, life becomes meaningless.”

β€œI don’t know whether I am Turing dreaming that I am a machine, or a machine dreaming that I am Turing!”

β€œWhen a program is being tested, it is too late to make design changes.”

β€œA well-written program is its own Heaven; a poorly-written program is its own Hell.”

β€œBut how will I know when I have received Enlightenment?” asked the novice. β€œYour program will run correctly,” replied the Master.

β€œThough a program be but three lines long, someday it will have to be maintained.”

β€œLet the programmers be many and the managers fewÒ€Š–Ò€Šthen all will be productive.”

β€œYou can demonstrate a program for a corporate executive, but you can’t make him computer literate.”

The Master Programmer moves from program to program without fear. No change in management can harm him. He will not be fired, even if the project is cancelled. Why is this? He is filled with Tao.

β€œWithout the wind, the grass does not move. Without software hardware is useless.”

You can get a copy on Amazon or read it online here.

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sforce

β€œBut how will I know when I have received Enlightenment?” asked the novice.
β€œYour program will run correctly,” replied the Master.

This is gold!

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Ara Ko

I like this

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Ara Ko

Hey

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