Written by Joanne Sacco

10 Inspirational Quotes for Developers

As a programmer you probably have good days and bad ones. Like any job, it’s inevitable.
And while we hope the majority of your days are successful, stimulating and fun, we understand that sometimes your motivation levels aren’t exactly where you need them to be.
We’ve put together a list of our favourite developer quotes, designed to get you back in the zone, no matter what coding frustrations you were experiencing in the first place.


“We build our computer (systems) the way we build our cities: over time, without a plan, on top of ruins.”Ellen Ullman


“Every great developer you know got there by solving problems they were unqualified to solve until they actually did it.”Patrick McKenzie


“Rules of Optimization: Rule 1: Don’t do it. Rule 2 (for experts only): Don’t do it yet.” Michael A. Jackson


“No one in the brief history of computing has ever written a piece of perfect software. It’s unlikely that you’ll be the first.”Andy Hunt


“One of the best programming skills you can have is knowing when to walk away for a while.”Oscar Godson


“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


“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


“Good code is its own best documentation. As you’re about to add a comment, ask yourself, “How can I improve the code so that this comment isn’t needed?” Improve the code and then document it to make it even clearer.” – Steve McConnell


“One of my most productive days was throwing away 1000 lines of code.”Ken Thompson


“The computer was born to solve problems that did not exist before.”Bill Gates 
Happy coding!
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