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Developer's Serenity Prayer

David Neal
Family man, musician, illustrator, software developer, and Microsoft MVP living in North GA. Runs on a high-octane mixture of caffeine and JavaScript, and is made entirely of bacon.
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Developer's Serenity Prayer

Oh Great Cloud,

Grant me the courage to write the code I can,
to escalate the tickets I cannot fix,
and the wisdom to know the difference.

Programming one day at a time,
enjoying one function at a time;
accepting bugs as a pathway to code complete;
taking this terrible codebase as it is;
not as I would have it;
trusting that all things will be made right
if I surrender to writing tests and documentation;
so that I may be reasonably happy at the end of the day
and somewhat sane at the end of this release.


Discussion (5)

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Jason C. McDonald • Edited

Snorts coffee out nose.

I just printed the "Dear God" version of this off and pasted it over my desk.

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Frank Carr

A terrible codebase can be handled but deliver us from PowerPoint presentations and non-programming micromanagers.

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Nate Ebel

" taking this terrible codebase as it is; not as I would have it; "

This makes me laugh and cry all at the same time 😀

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Lorenzo Pasqualis


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Dave Blythe (he/him)