Friday Wisdom: Theory and Practice

Theory is when you know something, but it doesn’t work.
Practice is when something works, but you don’t know why.
Programmers combine theory and practice: “nothing works and they don’t know why.”

More wisdom next week,
Andrew

About Andrew Reynolds

Born in California Did the school thing studying electronics, computers, release engineering and literary criticism. I work in the high tech world doing software release engineering Then I got prostate cancer Now I am a blogger and work in my wood shop doing scroll saw work and marquetry.
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22 Responses to Friday Wisdom: Theory and Practice

  1. Margy says:

    Seems to apply to politicians too.

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  2. mitchteemley says:

    You’re too clever for your own good, Andrew. ;>)

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  3. bg says:

    lol you hit the nail on the funny bone . kindest regards bg ☺😎☺

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  4. Glynis Jolly says:

    I sent this one to my son-in-law. He’s a programmer. πŸ˜€

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  5. dorannrule says:

    πŸ˜‚ So funny and true!

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  6. You must have an interesting relationship with your coworkers. πŸ˜‰

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  7. PiedType says:

    My son’s an IT developer and he was wrestling with this exact problem this week. His frustration was palpable, even on the phone. Only worse; the code worked sometimes, but not always. Try to pinpoint a problem like that …

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  8. I didn’t see that coming. Good one, Andrew.

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  9. Brian Biggs says:

    I thought this was hilarious! I feel this way on lots of our projects for sure. That’s why my look is always “calm” – I simply have no idea…

    On Fri, Dec 15, 2017 at 9:56 AM, Andrew’s View of the Week wrote:

    > Andrew Reynolds posted: “Theory is when you know something, but it doesn’t > work. Practice is when something works, but you don’t know why. Programmers > combine theory and practice: “nothing works and they don’t know why.” More > wisdom next week, Andrew” >

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  10. Ouch. Good observation, Andrew.
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