Three virtues of a programmer : Laziness, Impatience & Hubris

Came across today again this beautiful quote (said in the title) by Larry Wall in the Camel Book: Camel book was one of the most lucid programming book that I thoroughly enjoyed at that time.

We will encourage you to develop the three great virtues of a programmer: laziness, impatience, and hubris.

The three virtues are explained as follows:

Laziness
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 alsoimpatience and hubris.
Impatience
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 alsolaziness and hubris.
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.

 

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