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The Programmer's Oath

by Robert C. Martin (Uncle Bob)

In order to defend and preserve the honor of the profession of computer programmers, I

promise that, to the best of my ability and judgement that:

1

I will not produce harmful code.

2

The code that I produce will always be my best work. I will not knowingly allow code that is defective either in behavior or structure to accumulate.

3

I will produce, with each release, a quick, sure, and repeatable proof that every element of the code works as it should.

4

I will make frequent, small releases so that I do not impede the progress of others.

5

I will fearlessly and relentlessly improve my creations at every opportunity. I will never degrade them.

6

I will do all that I can to keep the productivity of myself and others as high as possible. I will do nothing that decreases that productivity.

7

I will continuously ensure that others can cover for me, and that I can cover for them.

8

I will produce estimates that are honest both in magnitude and precision. I will not make promises without certainty.

9

I will never stop learning and improving my craft.

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