The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

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If builders built buildings the way programmers wrote programs, then the first woodpecker that came along would destroy civilization.

Gerald Weinberg, Weinberg’s Second Law

Too many programmers simply Google for a code snippet that seems like it might solve the problem at hand, and use it without understanding the implications. These programmers are like Mickey as the Sorcerer’s Apprentice in Fantasia – he manages to enchant the broom to get him water, but he doesn’t know what he is doing. So of course he can’t stop the broom again.

If you are a programmer, you need to build up an understanding of the technology you use. Otherwise, you will never build quality software.