There are lots of programming quotes available today on internet but I have just chosen the best among them and listed them over here. Who doesn’t love quotes? We have quotes for anything and everything in this world why leave software developers alone? So if you are a developer then you should definitely be aware of these interesting programming quotes.

Best Programming Quotes for Software Developers

Controlling complexity is the essence of computer programming. – Brian Kernighan

Many think that programming is really complex stuff and is a rocket science but actually it isn’t, it is just the programmers who make things really complex :-) Developers often think that only when they write complex programs they are considered to be a good programmer but as Larry Bossidy correctly pointed out “Complexity has nothing to do with intelligence, simplicity does.”

First, solve the problem. Then, write the code. – John Johnson

Whenever a developer is assigned a task/ a problem, instead of solving it first they right away jump into their computer and start coding. Most of us forget that a lot of problems still require a pen and a paper to begin with. Always remember – “Typing is no substitute for thinking”.

Always code as if the guy who ends up maintaining your code will be a violent psychopath who knows where you live. – Martin Golding

When you write code please ensure that it is easier for someone to pick it up where you left and continue it even if you are unavailable. Most of the time when the product support team who maintain the application tries to debug and fix issues, it becomes a total nightmare for them.

P.S: Do not leave your details on code, who knows what will happen on Halloween night 😉

I totally agree that documentation is important and is more than suffice to understand the functionality and some technical aspects of your code but you should also agree that one cannot translate the entire code into documentation. As Steve McConnell said “Good code is its own best documentation”

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But, in practice, there is. – Jan L. A. van de Snepscheut

If you want to be a good developer stop reading books and start practicing stuff, you can start with a book as a beginner but you can’t live with the book forever. Good programmers are those who have practically tried stuff and not those whose could actually “mug up” stuff and spit them out. The more you practice the more you understand, the more you understand the more you could implement. Theory is just for beginners, only practice can take you to the next level.

Once a new technology starts rolling, if you’re not part of the steamroller, you’re part of the road. – Stewart Brand

If you are a developer then you should be aware of what’s new in the tech town, as new things hit the road you should be in a position to understand at least why it has been released and how useful it could be in the future. Learning new frameworks or concepts is not only good for your career but also keeps your brain active.

You can’t have great software without a great team, and most software teams behave like dysfunctional families. – Jim McCarthy

Teamwork is very essential for any project to succeed; only when all team members are on the same page you could deliver a successful product. When you have people who are constantly trying to blame others for the mistakes that happen in the project instead of picking it up and resolving it, the project will be a total disaster. Great products have a great team behind the scenes, remove saying ‘I’ and start focusing on ‘We’.

Programming is not a zero-sum game. Teaching something to a fellow programmer doesn’t take it away from you. I’m happy to share what I can, because I’m in it for the love of programming. – John Carmack

Finally try to pass on the knowledge that you have to fellow team members, you will not lose anything instead you will only become a master in your area. Only when you share what you have with your fellow team mates you will know where you stand, they may questions for which you may not have an answer but it will serve as learning for you too. Knowledge grows and multiplies when you share it and that is one of the primary reasons why Artic Post exists.

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