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Let's share our favorite quotations from Software Development Literature, Blogs, Videos...

lifelongthinker profile image Sebastian ・1 min read

Please share any quotation that you find particularly eye-opening, funny, witty or otherwise interesting. Please also state the source (name of author, title of work/publisher, url [if available]) and what the quotation is about (if this does not become clear from the text itself).

I am providing an example in the comments.

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I hope this qualifies, as it will haunt me for the rest of my career.

"Developers are the only People that can make a Linux Machine Kernel Panic by just rebooting wrong"

Context: An Ex-Army Coworker from OPS said that, after I proudly demonstrated my "Zero-Downtime Patch and Upgrade" Ansible Playbook on a SLES11 test farm, which resulted in quite a lot of downtime.

Source: "Colonel Panic" (me...)

 

I'm sure Murphy would have had quite a laugh ;) We have all been there, and we have all learned a great deal from it. 🤣👍

 

"Having flocks of pigeons randomly peck at the screen to see if they can break a GUI-based application is no way to ensure quality systems."

Author: Bjarne Stroustrup
Context: On debugging in C++ (especially UIs)
Source: Masterminds of Programming: Conversations with the Creators of Major Programming Languages (Theory in Practice (O'Reilly)), by Federico Biancuzzi

 

Check this out:

pu.inf.uni-tuebingen.de/users/klae...

Why did the Roman Empire collapse? What is the Latin for office automation?

 

A treasure trove of ideas to think about. 😁 Thanks for sharing!

 

Debugging is like being the detective in a crime movie where you are also the murderer.

Filipe Fortes

 

The nice thing about standards is that you have so many to choose from.

Author: Andrew S. Tanenbaum
Source: Computer Networks by Andrew S. Tanenbaum