Programmer’s lament

March 18, 2009 – 1:57 pm

“Since I’ve violated the Golden Rule of Helping Friends with their PC Problems and attempted to help a friend with his PC problem, expectedly wiping out his hard drive in vain, I had many opportunities to explain the Programmer Paradox: how can a programmer fail to make a computer do as he wishes? While the difficulty of debugging a program without the source proved hard to explain to laymen, I think I’ve found a metaphor that does a good job. A programmer is to the blue screen of death what Mikhail Kalashnikov is to a loaded AK-47: just as helpless a victim as any other mortal, except for having a profound understanding of the mechanisms of his execution.”

- Yossi Kreinin

  1. 2 Responses to “Programmer’s lament”

  2. What a cool–and disturbing–quote. I like that.

    By Ryan Somma on Mar 29, 2009

  3. Yea, I liked it too :)

    By ClintJCL on Mar 30, 2009

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