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September 1st, 2009 at 4:54 pm

Programmers top 10 sentences

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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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  2. 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

  3. @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

    27 Sep 09 at 10:03 am

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  7. 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

  8. How about..

    “What browser version are you running?”


    29 Sep 09 at 5:33 pm

  9. […] explains number 7 on this list for laypeople. One person's bug is another person's […]

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

    he he he ….



    30 Sep 09 at 4:28 am

  11. There are simple things, but awesome! Thanks

  12. 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

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

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


    6 Dec 09 at 4:04 pm

  18. Muito bom! 😀


    12 Feb 10 at 8:22 am

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