The Humble Programmer

While surfing the net, found a good article on programmers. Here is a transcript:

  • Those who want really reliable software will discover that they must find a means of avoiding the majority of bugs to start with, and as a result the programming process will become cheaper.
  • If you want more effective programmers, you will discover that they should not waste their time debugging – they should not introduce the bugs to start with.
  • We should confine ourselves to intellectually manageable programs.
  • We must not forget that it is not our business to make programs; it is our business to design classes of computations that will display a desired behaviour.
  • It is a usual technique to make a program and then to test it. But: program testing can be a very effective way to show the presence of bugs, but it is hopelessly inadequate for showing their absence.
  • The competent programmer is fully aware of the strictly limited size of his own skull; therefore he approaches the programming task in full humility, and among other things he avoids clever tricks like the plague.
  • The question: “Can you code this in less symbols?” or, “Guess what it does?” – as if this were of any conceptual relevance! As long as machines were the largest item in the budget, the programming profession could get away with its clumsy techniques.

Source: http://c2.com/cgi/wiki?TheHumbleProgrammer

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