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The Ten Commandments of Egoless Programming

Appropriate, even if old…I’ve seen it referenced as coming from  The Psychology of Computer Programming , written in 1971, but I don’t actually see it in the text. Regardless, here are The Ten Commandments of Egoless Programming, found on  @wyattdanger ‘s blog  post  on receiving advice from his dad: Understand and accept that you will make mistakes.  The point is to find them early before they make it into production. Fortunately, except for the few of us developing rocket guidance software at JPL, mistakes are rarely fatal in our industry. We can, and should, learn, laugh, and move on. You are not your code.  Remember that the entire point of a review is to find problems, and problems will be found. Don’t take it personally when one is uncovered.  (Allspaw note – related: see below, number #10, and the points Theo made above.) No matter how much “karate” you know, someone else will always know more.  Such an individual can teach you some new moves if you ask. Seek and accept input fr