Top 25+ Software Development Quotes

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The Scrum idea of a separated Scrum Master is good for Scrum, but not appropriate for most projects. Good development requires not just talkers but doers.

Bertrand Meyer

Programming is about managing complexity: the complexity of the problem laid upon the complexity of the machine. Because of this complexity, most of our programming projects fail:- Bruce Eckel, On Java 8

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Bill Gates

Measuring programming progress by lines of code is like measuring aircraft building progress by weight.

Bill Gates

The best way to get a project done faster is to start sooner.:- Jim Highsmith

Software is a great combination between artistry and engineering.

Bill Gates

Reusing software modules does not guarantee safety in the new system to which they are transferred…:- Nancy Levenson

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Michio Kaku

You can mass-produce hardware; but you cannot mass-produce software; you cannot mass-produce the human mind.

Michio Kaku

It’s OK to figure out murder mysteries, but you shouldn’t need to figure out code. You should be able to read it.:- Steve McConnell

Organizations which design systems … are constrained to produce designs which are copies of the communication structures of these organizations.

M. Conway

All problems in computer science can be solved by another level of indirection.:- David Wheeler

Software is easy to make
Scott Rosenberg

Software is easy to make, except when you want it to do something new. And then, of course, there is a corollary: The only software that’s worth making is software that does something new.

Scott Rosenberg, Dreaming in Code

Software development quotes about how to write code

Always code as if the guy who ends up maintaining your code will be a violent psychopath who knows where you live.:- John F. Woods

Walking on water and developing software from a specification are easy if both are frozen.

Edward V Berard

Programming is like sex. One mistake and you have to support it for the rest of your life.:- Michael Sinz

One bad programmer can easily create two new jobs a year.

David Parnas

When I’m working on a problem, I never think about beauty. I think only about how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.:- Freeman Dyson

Programmers don’t burn out on hard work, they burn out on change-with-the-wind directives and not ‘shipping’.

Mark Berry
Prolific developers
J. Chambers

Prolific developers don’t always write a lot of code, instead, they solve a lot of problems. The two things are not the same.:- J. Chambers

Coding like poetry should be short and concise.

Santosh Kalwar

Any fool can write code that a computer can understand. Good programmers write code that humans can understand.:- Martin Fowler

If you cannot grok the overall structure of a program while taking a shower, you are not ready to code it.

Richard Pattis

Sometimes it pays to stay in bed on Monday, rather than spending the rest of the week debugging Monday’s code.:- Christopher Thompson

Without requirements or design, programming is the art of adding bugs to an empty text file.

Louis Srygley

Software Development Quotes by Ellen Ullman

These are from Ellen Ullman‘s book Life in Code: A Personal History of Technology and The Bug.

We build our computers the way we build our cities—over time, without a plan, on top of ruins.

Ellen Ullman, Life in Code
Computers have no idea
Ellen Ullman

Computers have no idea what goes on outside of them except what humans tell them.:- Ellen Ullman, Life in Code

This is what makes them good engineers. Perfectionism: incinerating perfectionism.

Ellen Ullman, The Bug

Software Development Quotes by Yegor Bugayenko

These are from Yegor Bugayenko‘s book Code Ahead: Volume 1

Quality is a product of a conflict between programmers and testers.

Yegor Bugayenko

The higher the price of information in a software team, the less effective the team is.:- Yegor Bugayenko

Quality must be enforced, otherwise it won’t happen. We programmers must be required to write tests, otherwise we won’t do it.

Yegor Bugayenko

We, newbies and young programmers don’t like chaos because it makes us dependent on experts. We have to beg for information and feel bad.:- Yegor Bugayenko

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Yegor Bugayenko

We must not blame programmers for their bugs. They belong to them only until the code is merged into the repository. After that, all bugs are ours!

Yegor Bugayenko

The job of a tester is to prove that the software is bug-free, while it has to be the other way around: The job of a tester is to prove that the software is broken. The better testers are doing their jobs, the more bugs they manage to find and report.:- Yegor Bugayenko

Any software project must have a technical leader, who is responsible for all technical decisions made by the team and have enough authority to make them. Responsibility and authority are two mandatory components that must be present in order to make it possible to call such a person an architect.

Yegor Bugayenko

Other

We see a lot of feature-driven product designs in which the cost of features is not properly accounted. Features can have a negative value to customers because they make the products more difficult to understand and use. We are finding that people like products that just work. It turns out that designs that just work are much harder to produce that designs that assemble long lists of features.:- Douglas Crockford, JavaScript: The Good Parts

Commitment to deliver on time and on a budget was not made based on the details; details didn’t exist. Their commitment was based on the ability to shape the details.

Mary Poppendieck, Leading Lean Software Development: Results Are Not the Point

How does a project get to be a year late?… One day at a time.:- Fred Brooks

Be conservative in what you send, be liberal in what you accept.

Jon Postel

I have always wished for my computer to be as easy to use as my telephone; my wish has come true because I can no longer figure out how to use my telephone.:- Bjarne Stroustrup

If McDonald’s were run like a software company, one out of every hundred Big Macs would give you food poisoning, and the response would be, ‘We’re sorry, here’s a coupon for two more.

Mark Minasi
In the end, it all comes down to 0 and 1 |  software development quotes

In the end, it all comes down to 0 and 1

Vineet Goel

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