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September 1st, 2009 at 4:54 pm

Programmers top 10 sentences

with 75 comments

1.- WTF!

The most repeated sentence in code reviews…
wtfmOriginal Source

2.- It works in my machine!

We all have used this one when blamed for some error…

3.- D’oh!

– Hi Homer, have you removed the debug code from production?


4.- It will be ready tomorrow.

The problem with this sentence is that we use it again the next day, and the next day, and the next day…

5.- Have you tried turning it off and on again?

The TV series  “The It Crowd” have helped to make this one even more popular…

6.- Why?

Why do we keep asking why?

7.- Is not a bug, it’s a feature.

– It restarts twice a day?!! Well that makes sure that the temporary files get deleted!

bug_vs_featureOriginal source

8.- That code is crap.

All code is crap except mine.

9.- My code is compiling…


Original source

10.- No, I don’t know how to fix the microwave.

For some reason, non technical people use to think that every thing with buttons can be fixed by a programmer…

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  3. I will add: it works, but it has not yet been tested.
    Which is obviously not logical…

    Giorgio Sironi

    2 Sep 09 at 4:29 am

  4. hahaha the microwave!…that’s real: it once happened to me.


    2 Sep 09 at 6:45 am

  5. Best one is “It works on my machine”. And the answer for that usually is “Well, we’re not shipping your machine.”


    2 Sep 09 at 9:10 am

  6. Here is the Spanish translation of your article:

    Las 10 frases más usuales de un programador.

    Hilarius, thank you.

    Santiago Valdarrama
    CEO of Laura Software

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  10. 10th is great! I totally agree!


    2 Sep 09 at 11:06 pm

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  13. Hey Alberto, this is an excellent top ten list. I forwarded this to our programmer, I think he uses D’oh on a daily basis. You can cross-post this to our site and link back to your site. We are trying to create a directory for top ten lists where people can find your site. The coolest feature is you can let other people vote on the rankings of your list.


    3 Sep 09 at 1:19 pm

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  21. What about PDD Prayer Driven software development.
    Last week I received notification of a production release that was scheduled for Friday , there were in struction to perform a backout if ( as the developer said ) “If ( god forbid) a backout is required”
    Well I was on prod support , got a call at 5 am, and had to back it out. Event the backout instruction didnt work!!!!!


    7 Sep 09 at 9:10 am

  22. It was working Yesterday !!!!!


    7 Sep 09 at 9:13 am

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  25. Hey, i discovered this while compiling!


    11 Sep 09 at 4:29 am

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  27. ejjejeje

    Awesome.. this is exactly what i say and what i mean all days..


  28. Hi! Excelent post! I translate to Spanish in my blog. thanks!


    17 Sep 09 at 3:02 pm

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  30. nice one… really great explaination


    18 Sep 09 at 4:11 pm

  31. I always say “You need to download the latest patches for your machine to run the code.”

    Mike P

    18 Sep 09 at 5:52 pm

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  33. Good one – at there are statuses for issues including:

    “won’t fix”
    “by design”

    I reported a problem with a module in IE and the module developer replied that he only tests in Firefox, and not only won’t address problems in IE, he doesn’t care about them – not very helpful, really.

    Unusual, for the Drupal community too

    It turned out related to the known IE limit on 30 stylesheet links, now addressed by a couple of modules and hopefully working its way into Drupal core.

    My favorite phrase? “Let’s start with the LOGIC”


    21 Sep 09 at 7:48 pm

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  49. The classic form of #5 (dating back to at least the 1980s) is the tech support caller who says their computer (or monitor) just won’t turn on. So, you tell them to try “unplugging the power cord then plugging it back in”, after which their system suddenly works. Of course, they probably forgot to plug in the power cord in the first place, but this allows them to save face and solves the problem at the same time….

    Scott Taylor

    27 Sep 09 at 9:57 am

  50. @decibel.places:

    I’ve noticed over the years that many developers are confused about the difference between “Won’t Fix” and “By Design”. Often, a tester will open a ticket on a new issue, only to have the developer “resolve” it as “By Design”. What the developer usually means is that the software is operating the way it’s written and doesn’t need to be fixed. The tester’s correct response is: “Sure it’s operating ‘By Design’…by bad design!”

    Scott Taylor

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  54. You know the saying “it’s funny because it’s true”? It surely applies to this. I’ve used all of them except the “compiling” one, since I’m working with interpreted languages.
    But God damn this is funny 😛


    29 Sep 09 at 6:25 am

  55. How about..

    “What browser version are you running?”


    29 Sep 09 at 5:33 pm

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  57. I didn’t know my top 10 trick were in market….

    he he he ….



    30 Sep 09 at 4:28 am

  58. There are simple things, but awesome! Thanks

  59. Too funny!! — Did you hear the one about “We need to walkthrough this process again. The documentation says…”?


    7 Oct 09 at 8:59 am

  60. hehehe….funny but true. we used to do this funny stuff….:)

  61. I have been exposed. Damn it. No I have to recreate a new list

    Smith Scott

    18 Oct 09 at 10:21 pm

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  64. …how about “I’ll start coding, you’ll go ask what they need”


    6 Dec 09 at 4:04 pm

  65. Muito bom! 😀


    12 Feb 10 at 8:22 am

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