I’m lazy. But it’s the lazy people who invented the wheel and the bicycle because they didn’t like walking or carrying things.

—Lech Walesa, former president of Poland

In his book Programming Perl, Larry Wall (the well-known creator of the language) puts forth the idea that all successful programmers share three important characteristics: laziness, impatience, and hubris. At first glance, these traits all sound quite negative, but dig a little deeper, and you’ll find the hidden meaning in his statement:

  • Laziness: Lazy programmers hate to repeat themselves. As a result, they tend to put a lot of effort into creating useful tools ...

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