Foreword

There are a few timeless truths of software development that are near-universally accepted, and have become the basis for many a witty saying over the years. For starters, there's Zymurgy's First Law of Evolving Systems Dynamics, which states:

Once you open a can of worms, the only way to re-can them is to use a bigger can.

And Weinberg's Second Law, which postulates that,

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

There is true brilliance in this timeless wit, enjoyed and appreciated by generation after generation of software developers.

The largest set of challenges that the modern programmer faces, and thus the source of most of the wit that we as programmers ...

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