Chandler Moisen

Three Great Virtues of a Programmer

May 08, 2020

Today I learned that, according to Larry Wall, the creator of Perl, there are three great virtues of a programmer:

  1. Laziness
  2. Impatience
  3. Hubris

Laziness is what makes one go to great lengths to save time in the future. You create programs to save yourself and other people time. You ensure these programs are well tested and documented so you do not have to waste more time fixing issues and answers questions.

Impatience is what you feel when your code takes too long to compile, when your application loads too slow over a cellular connection, or when the process to deploy has too many steps.

Hubris is what makes you write and maintain code that others won’t talk shit about.

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