Laws of Computer Programming
- Any given program, when running, is obsolete.
- If a program is useless, it will have to be documented.
- If a program is useful, it will have to be changed.
- Any program will expand to fill any available memory.
- The value of a program is proportional to the weight of its output.
- Program complexity grows until it exceeds the capability of the programmer to maintain it.
- Make it possible for programmers to write in English and you will find that programmers cannot write in English.
- Bradley's Bromide: If computers get too powerful, we can organize them into a committee -- that will do them in.
- Weinberg's Law: If builders built buildings the way programmers wrote programs,
the first woodpecker that came along would destroy civilization.
- Hoare's Law of Large Programs: Inside every large program is a small program struggling to get out.
- Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later.
Laws of Simplicity
- Keep it simple, Stupid.
should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.-----Albert Einstein
- There are two ways of constructing a software design: one way is to
make it so simple that there are obviously no deficiencies and the
other way is to make it so complicated that there are no
obvious deficiencies.-----C.A.R. Hoare
- The price of reliability is the
pursuit of utmost simplicity.-----C.A.R. Hoare
- Occam's Razor: Do not multiply concepts beyond necessity.----- William of
Occam, 14th century logician. [He actually said
Entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitate.]
Boundy Laws of Naming
- The wise programmer does not give two names to one thing nor attribute two things to one name.
- Names are meaningful and specific, and their length is proportional to their scope. A loop variable used
only once in a two-statement loop may be called "i", but a
global variable that may be used anywhere in the program will
have a long name that accurately describes its usage.-----D. Boundy
Laws of Managing
- Work expands to fill the time available.-----C.N. Parkinson
- In a hierarchy, every employee tends to
rise to his level of incompetence.-----The Peter Principle
- The software project had to be abandoned, and with it, over
thirty man-years of programming effort. "You know what went wrong?
You let your programmers do things you yourself do not
understand." How could one person ever understand the whole
of a modern software product?-----C.A.R. Hoare
Laws of the Universe
- Ruckert's Law: There is nothing so small that it can't be blown out of proportion.
- Ringwald's Law of Household Geometry: Any horizontal surface is soon piled up on.
- Diner's Dilemma: A clean tie attracts the Soup of the Day.
- Thiessen's Law of Gastronomy: The hardness of the butter is in direct proportion to the softness of the roll.