Software Engineering Proverbs

30 may. 2008

Now we have a some Proverbs in English so, enjoy it. Put a comment if you want....

 

You must be the change
You wish to see in the world

-- Gandhi


Experiment escorts us last,
His pungent company
Will not allow an axiom
An opportunity.

-- Emily Dickinson


when the cart stops
do you whip the cart
or whip the ox?


Q: How many QA testers does it take to change a lightbulb?
A: QA testers don't change anything. They just report that it's dark.

Kerry Zallar


Q: How many software engineers does it take to change a lightbulb?
A: Just one. But the house falls down.

Andrew Siwko


One test is worth a thousand opinions.


"If you didn't write it down, it didn't happen."

This saying is popular among scientists (doing experiments), but I believe it applies to software testing, particularly for real-time systems.

--Larry Zana


We reject kings, presidents, and voting.
We believe in rough consensus and running code.

--Dave Clark (1992)


I am a design chauvinist. I believe that good design is magical and not to be lightly tinkered with. The difference between a great design and a lousy one is in the meshing of the thousand details that either fit or don't, and the spirit of the passionate intellect that has tied them together, or tried. That's why programming---or buying software---on the basis of "lists of features" is a doomed and misguided effort. The features can be thrown together, as in a garbage can, or carefully laid together and interwoven in elegant unification, as in APL, or the Forth language, or the game of chess.

-- Ted Nelson


Software is Too Important to be Left to Programmers, by Meilir Page-Jones.


"If you think good architecture is expensive, try bad architecture."

-- Brian Foote and Joseph Yoder


Abraham Lincoln reportedly said that, given eight hours to chop down a tree, he'd spend six sharpening his axe.

-- TidBITS 654, quoted by Derek K. Miller, via Art Evans


... while we all know that unmastered complexity is at the root of the misery, we do not know what degree of simplicity can be obtained, nor to what extent the intrinsic complexity of the whole design has to show up in the interfaces. We simply do not know yet the limits of disentanglement. We do not know yet whether intrinsic intricacy can be distinguished from accidental intricacy.

-- E. W. Dijkstra, Communications of the ACM, Mar 2001, Vol. 44, No. 3


You can only find truth with logic if you have already found truth without it.

-- Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) " The Man who was Orthodox", via Paul Black

 

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