Wisdom to code by, an illustrated guide to programmer proverbs

Behold age-old truths that software developers have learned over the years.

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Like any other occupation, the longer you do software development, the more you learn. Often, much of the wisdom one accumulates over time comes from learning the hard way, through trial and error. Other times, though, those who’ve come before you will save you some time (and pain) by imparting the lessons they themselves have learned over the years. One of the good ways to do that is through proverbs, that is, simple sayings that convey a truth, usually based on experience. A GitHub repository created last year called Programmer’s Proverbs has been collecting these short sayings from developers. Use the arrows above to view some of their nuggets of programming truths.

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