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Most good programmers do programming not because they expect to get paid or get adulation by the public, but because it is fun to program.
Few companies that installed computers to reduce the employment of clerks have realized their expectations... They now need more, and more expensive clerks even though they call them 'operators' or 'programmers.'
If programmers deserve to be rewarded for creating innovative programs, by the same token they deserve to be punished if they restrict the use of these programs.
You might not think that programmers are artists, but programming is an extremely creative profession. It's logic-based creativity.
There are no standards for computer programmers and no group to certify them.
Real programmers can write assembly code in any language.
Our job as the game creators or developers - the programmers, artists, and whatnot - is that we have to kind of put ourselves in the user's shoes. We try to see what they're seeing, and then make it, and support what we think they might think.
This is how many people become artists, musicians, writers, computer programmers, record-holding athletes, scientists... by spending time alone practicing what they love.
The standard library saves programmers from having to reinvent the wheel.
Programmers are in the enviable position of not only getting to do what they want to, but because the end result is so important they get paid to do it. There are other professions like that, but not that many.
When designers replaced the command line interface with the graphical user interface, billions of people who are not programmers could make use of computer technology.
The best programmers and internet entrepreneurs are in the Bay Area. Don't kid yourself about that, not even for a second.
It is practically impossible to teach good programming to students that have had a prior exposure to BASIC: as potential programmers they are mentally mutilated beyond hope of regeneration.
Beyond basic mathematical aptitude, the difference between good programmers and great programmers is verbal ability.
Most kids are not dreaming of being programmers, scientists or engineers.
Programmers can be lazy.
Facebook is not a physical country, but with 900 million users, its 'population' comes third after China and India. It may not be able to tax or jail its inhabitants, but its executives, programmers, and engineers do exercise a form of governance over people's online activities and identities.
The trouble with programmers is that you can never tell what a programmer is doing until it's too late.
There's a popular saying that the Internet interprets censorship as damage and routes around it. Desire and innovation will trump policy, the argument goes, as clever programmers circumvent controls.
Computer programmers, biotechnologists, environmental scientists, neuroscientists, nanotech engineers - all of these fields, and more, should have at least a course in ethics as part of their degree requirements.
The tastes of country music fans are not limited to the narrow range defined by consultants and programmers and record company moguls.
My list of basic tools is a partial answer to the question about what has changed: Over the past few years, large numbers of programmers have come to depend on elaborate tools to interface code with systems facilities.
In the beginning, there were Real Programmers.
Eric S. Raymond
LISP programmers know the value of everything and the cost of nothing.
In our daily lives as programmers, we process text strings a lot. So I tried to work hard on text processing, namely the string class and regular expressions. Regular expressions are built into the language and are very tuned up for use.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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