Things Programmers Say

Recently @ThePracticalDev asked people on Twitter for typical things programmers say:

There were a lot of great answers. Here are my favorites:


  • It works on my machine.
  • It’s not a bug, it’s a feature.
  • How hard can it be?
  • How did that even work in the first place?
  • I don’t see anything in the logs.
  • I’m guessing it’s an issue on their side.
  • Probably some kind of permissions issue.
  • That’s weird.
  • That’s a known issue.
  • We don’t support that.
  • No, I don’t know how long it’s going to take.
  • Actually, it has always been like that.
  • Have you tried it with Chrome or Firefox?
  • It should work now.
  • But that’s not how you told me it should work.
  • Well there’s your problem right there.
  • Working as intended.
  • I mean, everything’s *possible*…
  • That will never happen.
  • Shouldn’t take too long.
  • Cheap, fast, high quality. Pick any two.
  • It’s 90% done.
  • This is just a temporary fix
  • You’re doing it wrong
  • That’s a code smell.
  • I thought we fixed this!
  • Yes, but does it scale?

Words and Expressions

There were also individual words or expressions:

  • Foobar
  • Grok
  • Rabbit hole
  • Turtles all the way down
  • Yak shaving
  • Bikeshedding
  • Automagically
  • Performant
  • +1
  • // TODO


There were also several sites mentioned:

PS. If you don’t follow @ThePracticalDev you should – lots of good tweets!

4 responses to “Things Programmers Say

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