The Three Great Virtues of the Programmer

I found an interesting page today that quotes the three great virtues of the programmer.  I have all three in spades 😉  Apparently these were coined by Larry Wall.

The quality that makes you go to great effort to reduce overall energy expenditure. It makes you write labor-saving programs that other people will find useful, and document what you wrote so you don’t have to answer so many questions about it. Hence, the first great virtue of a programmer. Also hence, this book.
See also impatience and hubris.
The anger you feel when the computer is being lazy. This makes you write programs that don’t just react to your needs, but actually anticipate them. Or at least pretend to. Hence, the second great virtue of a programmer.
See also laziness and hubris.

Excessive pride, the sort of thing Zeus zaps you for. Also the quality that makes you write (and maintain) programs that other people won’t want to say bad things about. Hence, the third great virtue of a programmer.
See also laziness and impatience.

I got them from this page.  They tend to waffle on a bit there though.  Also see this page – “Why good programmers are dumb and lazy.”  I heckled a bit about the dumb part, but what he suggests is the ‘dumb’ approach actually approaches the socratic dialog approach of finding the truth.  Thus, not dumb, but quite smart.  I think he’s using “dumb” to mean “simple”.  Either way, theres some good advice there.  Now if you’ll excuse me, i’ve got some laziness to cultivate.


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