Thursday, February 7, 2008

Quotable Quotes on Software

A friend of mine forwarded these wonderful quotable quotes on Software.

  • UNIX is simple. But It just needs a genius to understand its simplicity. --Dennis Ritchie
  • Before software can be reusable, it first has to be usable. --Ralph Johnson
  • Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment. --Fred Brooks
  • It's hard enough to find an error in your code when you're looking for it; It's even harder when you've assumed your code is error-free. -- Steve McConnell Code Complete
  • The trouble with the world is that the stupid are sure and the intelligent are full of doubt. --Bertrand Russell
  • If debugging is the process of removing bugs, then programming must be the process of putting them in. --Edsger Dijkstra
  • You can either have software quality or you can have pointer arithmetic; You cannot have both at the same time. --Bertrand Meyer
  • There are two ways to write error-free programs; only the third works. --Alan J. Perlis
  • Measuring programming progress by lines of code is like measuring aircraft building progress by weight. --Bill Gates
  • The first 90% of the code accounts for the first 90% of the development time. The remaining 10% of the code accounts for the other 90% of the development time. --Tom Cargill
  • Programmers are in a race with the Universe to create bigger and better idiot-proof programs. The Universe is trying to create bigger and better idiots. So far the Universe is winning. --Anon
  • Theory is when you know something, but it doesn't work. Practice is when something works, but you don't know why it works. Programmers combine Theory and Practice: Nothing works and they don't know why.
  • The Six Phases of a Project: >> Enthusiasm >> Disillusionment
    >> Panic >> Search for the Guilty >> Punishment of the Innocent >> Praise for non-participants
  • No matter how slick (efficient) the demo is in rehearsal, When
    you do it in front of a live audience, the probability of a flawless
    presentation is inversely proportional to the number of people watching, raised to the power of the amount of money involved.

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