Quotes over programmeurs

Programmeurs worden, afhankelijk van wie het woord voert, op verschillende manieren omschreven: de vertalers van de (computer)logica, werkpaarden van de moderne (kennis)economie, kampioenen in het redeneren, heidenen, …

Na het overweldigende succes van 15 verborgen boodschappen in software, is het nu tijd om de tegenpartij een aan het woord te laten.

Wat is de mening van bekende en minder bekende zielen over computers, computerprogrammeurs en de code die ze voortbrengen?

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Ted Nelson

Any fool can use a computer. Many do.

Gerald Weinberg

If builders built buildings the way programmers wrote programs, then the first woodpecker that came along would destroy civilization.” 

Mitch Ratcliffe

A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any other invention in human history, with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila.

Edsger Dijkstra

If debugging is the process of removing software bugs, then programming must be the process of putting them in.

Rich Cook

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.

Jeremy S. Anderson

There are two major products that come out of Berkeley: LSD and UNIX. We don’t believe this to be a coincidence.

 Ralph Johnson

Before software can be reusable it first has to be usable.


We have a deal with God – he doesn’t produce software and we do not produce miracles – a software engineer.
Software and cathedrals are much the same – first we build them, then we pray

Fred Brooks

Nine people can’t make a baby in a month.

Henry Ford

Progress is not made by early risers or hard workers, but by LAZY people, trying to find easier ways to do the same.

Alan Kay

Most software today is very much like an Egyptian pyramid with millions of bricks piled on top of each other, with no structural integrity, but just done by brute force and thousands of slaves.

Michael Sinz

Programming is like sex: one mistake and you have to support it for the
rest of your life.

Steve Wozniak

Never trust a computer you can’t throw out a window.

Gerald Weinberg

Writing code has a place in the human hierarchy worth somewhere above grave robbing and beneath managing.