Taylor likes to point out that “99% of programming is resisting the temptation to be a dumbass.” Indeed.
alx sent me a link to Things to Say When You’re Losing a Technical Argument, which includes gems like:
“17. Yes, I believe that’s the approach Windows NT is taking.”
“23. What? I don’t speak your crazy moon-language.”
“30. Can you generate some USE CASES that would justify the change?”
Stuff like the Journal of Conceptual Modeling makes me want to move to Napa and make furniture for a living.
Like cam, I found Joel on Software User Interface Design for Programmers full of both useful info and infuriating oversimplifications like “[UI programming is] straightforward because when you make a mistake, you immediately see it and can correct it.”