Many years ago when I first got into web programming, I read a lot of Perl books and remember reading Larry Wall’s Camel book. In it, he says that the virtues of a great programmer are: “laziness, impatience, and hubris”. I ran into it again in this RTFM? How to write a manual worth reading post by Rikki Endsley. I have heard programmers reference this, or some form of it, over the years. You probably have heard: “A good programmer is a lazy one.” I knew that Larry was facetious, but I thought it is funny some people did not. Larry Wall had to post a video to explains that he was joking.
He mentions that in the Japanese translation of his book, the editors put “This is a joke” in parenthesis next to the “laziness, impatience, and hubris” statement.
What the statement meant is that a good programmer has: diligence, patience, and humility.
- laziness = diligence
- impatience = patience
- hubris = humility
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