if your good, you can't debug

This is a discussion on if your good, you can't debug within the A Brief History of Cprogramming.com forums, part of the Community Boards category; i came accross this quote, i thought some of you may find it entertaining... "Debugging is twice as hard as ...

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    if your good, you can't debug

    i came accross this quote, i thought some of you may find it entertaining...

    "Debugging is twice as hard as writing the code in the first place.Therefore, if you write the code as cleverly as possible, you are,by definition, not smart enough to debug it." - Brian W. Kernighan

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    mov.w #$1337,D0 Jeremy G's Avatar
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    Thats why I write perfect code that doesn't need debugging instead.
    c++->visualc++->directx->opengl->c++;
    (it should be realized my posts are all in a light hearted manner. And should not be taken offense to.)

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    It's a rather old quote, but accurate even today and everyone should learn it. In fact, I think Dave_Sinkula (or someone else I know) has it in his signature.
    My best code is written with the delete key.

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    That quote applies to me. Does that mean I'm a good programmer?

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    applies to me too. but it probably means my apps are to trivial to debug right now (does debug mean we are using a debugger, or does it mean debugging in general?)

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    I'll trade you reputations prelude.
    c++->visualc++->directx->opengl->c++;
    (it should be realized my posts are all in a light hearted manner. And should not be taken offense to.)

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    I personally think that if you don't have to debug, you're either a genius and think of EVERYTHING on the first go, or your programs aren't complex enough to give you problems.

    OR, you never compile it

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    And ya know... people always say "if buildings were built like software, they would fall apart and leak all the time". Well guess how many revisions building plans go through and how many engineers look at an architects work before the construction crew hits the site? I don't know about you all, but I don't have anyone leaning over my shoulder asking me how my program handles every single combination of faults.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbgt goten
    I'll trade you reputations prelude.
    I bet you'll trade anybody reputations :P

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    There are a few people with lower reps

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    So why do they ask me to debug other peoples code?
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    Quote Originally Posted by adrianxw
    So why do they ask me to debug other peoples code?
    because it's a boring thing to do
    SVG is the future

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    Speaking of reputations, I've gotta be missing something. Other than the button on the left, "Add to so&so's reputation" and the "Latest Reputation Recieved" list under User CP, what else is involved in the reputation system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sean_mackrory
    ...what else is involved in the reputation system.
    i wish i knew. it seems that if someone disagrees with you, that makes you a less reputable person on this site. I got bad rep for starting this thread. Because some didnt like the quote/post, i become a less reputable member of this community. Things like that just make me think twice about sharing my thoughts and expressing my opinions on the board, which totaly defeats the purpose of discussion.

    im not saying im against the rep system, its a great idea when its used responsibly. Its just frustrating when people try to put you down because they have a difference of opinion. </rant>

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