Inspirational Programming Quotes About Computer, Language, Web

A programming language is a formal language comprising a set of instructions that produce various kinds of output. Programming languages are used in computer programming to implement algorithms. These motivational programming quotes will inspire you to become a better coder and solve complex problems.

Best Programming Quotes

  1. “Any fool can write code that a computer can understand. Good programmers write code that humans can understand.” – Martin Fowler
  2. “Measuring programming progress by lines of code is like measuring aircraft building progress by weight.” – Bill Gates
  3. “First, solve the problem. Then, write the code.” – John Johnson
  4. “Controlling complexity is the essence of computer programming.” – Brian Kernigan
  5. “Everyone knows that debugging is twice as hard as writing a program in the first place. So if you’re as clever as you can be when you write it, how will you ever debug it?” ― Brian Kernighan
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  7. “The most disastrous thing that you can ever learn is your first programming language.” ― Alan Kay
  8. “Always code as if the guy who ends up maintaining your code will be a violent psychopath who knows where you live.” ― John Woods
  9. “Java is to JavaScript what Car is to Carpet.” – Chris Heilmann

  10. “We are looking at a society increasingly dependent on machines, yet decreasingly capable of making or even using them effectively.” ― Douglas Rushkoff
  11. “First learn computer science and all the theory. Next, develop a programming style. Then forget all that and just hack.” – George Carrette
  12. “When to use iterative development? You should use iterative development only on projects that you want to succeed.” – Martin Fowler
  13. “When they first built the University of California at Irvine they just put the buildings in. They did not put any sidewalks, they just planted grass. The next year, they came back and put the sidewalks where the trails were in the grass. Perl is just that kind of language. It is not designed from first principles. Perl is those sidewalks in the grass.” ― Larry Wall
  14. “The most important property of a program is whether it accomplishes the intention of its user.” ― C.A.R. Hoare
  15. “A language that doesn’t affect the way you think about programming is not worth knowing.” ― Alan J. Perlis

  16. “Sometimes it pays to stay in bed on Monday, rather than spending the rest of the week debugging Monday’s code.” – Dan Salomon
  17. “I’m not a great programmer; I’m just a good programmer with great habits.” ― Kent Beck
  18. “Any fool can write code that a computer can understand. Good programmers write code that humans can understand.” ― Martin Fowler
  19. “Talk is cheap. Show me the code.” ― Linus Torvalds
  20. “Some of the best programming is done on paper, really. Putting it into the computer is just a minor detail.” ― Max Kanat-Alexander
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  22. “The computer programmer is a creator of universes for which he alone is the lawgiver. No playwright, no stage director, no emperor, however powerful, has ever exercised such absolute authority to arrange a stage or field of battle and to command such unswervingly dutiful actors or troops.” ― Joseph Weizenbaum
  23. “Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but rather when there is nothing more to take away.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  24. “Programming went back to the beginning of time. It was a little like the midden out back of his father’s castle.” ― Vernor Vinge
  25. “Ruby is rubbish! PHP is phpantastic!” – Nikita Popov

  26. “Object-oriented programming offers a sustainable way to write spaghetti code. It lets you accrete programs as a series of patches.” ― Paul Graham
  27. “That’s the thing about people who think they hate computers. What they really hate is lousy programmers.” ― Larry Niven
  28. “Programs must be written for people to read, and only incidentally for machines to execute.” ― Harold Abelson
  29. “ Code is like humor. When you have to explain it, it’s bad.” – Cory House
  30. “Fix the cause, not the symptom.” – Steve Maguire
  31. “Don’t gloss over a routine or piece of code involved in the bug because you “know” it works. Prove it. Prove it in this context, with this data, with these boundary conditions.” ― Andrew Hunt
  32. “Remember that code is really the language in which we ultimately express the requirements. We may create languages that are closer to the requirements. We may create tools that help us parse and assemble those requirements into formal structures. But we will never eliminate necessary precision—so there will always be code.” ― Robert C. Martin
  33. “Programmers are not to be measured by their ingenuity and their logic but by the completeness of their case analysis.” ― Alan J. Perlis
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  35. “What’s in your hands I think and hope is intelligence: the ability to see the machine as more than when you were first led up to it that you can make it more.” ― Alan J. Perlis
  36. “Progress is possible only if we train ourselves to think about programs without thinking of them as pieces of executable code. ” ― Edsger W. Dijkstra
  37. “Truth can only be found in one place: the code.” ― Robert C. Martin

  38. “Is it possible that software is not like anything else, that it is meant to be discarded: that the whole point is to always see it as a soap bubble?” ― Alan J Perlis
  39. “A computer is like a violin. You can imagine a novice trying first a phonograph and then a violin. The latter, he says, sounds terrible. That is the argument we have heard from our humanists and most of our computer scientists. Computer programs are good, they say, for particular purposes, but they aren’t flexible. Neither is a violin, or a typewriter until you learn how to use it.” ― Marvin Minsky
  40. “Perl – The only language that looks the same before and after RSA encryption.” ― Keith Bostic
  41. “Walking on water and developing software from a specification are easy if both are frozen.” ― Edward V. Berard
  42. “Optimism is an occupational hazard of programming: feedback is the treatment. “ Kent Beck, Programming Quotes on Feedback
  43. “Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning.” ― Rick Cook
  44. “Before software can be reusable it first has to be usable.” – Ralph Johnson
  45. “Make it work, make it right, make it fast.” – Kent Beck

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