Golden Rule for Programmers

Golden Rule for Programmers

I came across a quote today that beautifully illustrates a very real idea in both programming and life:

“As to methods there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

You must know HOW to program before you can build something amazing. Just as you wouldn’t try to build a car by welding together wreckage, you will be doomed for failure if you try to write software by piecing together other people’s code.  Code reuse is excellent, but this is not a substitute for real knowledge.

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