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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.
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.
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.'
You might not think that programmers are artists, but programming is an extremely creative profession. It's logic-based creativity.
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.
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.
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.
Most kids are not dreaming of being programmers, scientists or engineers.
The trouble with programmers is that you can never tell what a programmer is doing until it's too late.
This is how many people become artists, musicians, writers, computer programmers, record-holding athletes, scientists... by spending time alone practicing what they love.
There are no standards for computer programmers and no group to certify them.
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.
The standard library saves programmers from having to reinvent the wheel.
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.
Beyond basic mathematical aptitude, the difference between good programmers and great programmers is verbal ability.
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.
Programmers can be lazy.
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.
I find that creative streak I think often leads in programmers to be good predictors of where culture as a whole is going to go. And that is where I think I've tried over the years to in some ways use my customers as a filter or a predictor of where technology as a whole is going to go. Or where the world as a whole is going to go.
In the beginning, there were Real Programmers.
Eric S. Raymond
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.
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.
LISP programmers know the value of everything and the cost of nothing.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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