Being a programmer or developer is not for the faint of heart. Between much testing and countless errors, programmers start saying some amusing things. Our developers at SmartFile are no exception, and may or may not have been the source of inspiration for this piece.

Below is a list of 25 things programmers say, with a graphic to share with your colleagues and friends. Have you been caught using these phrases? Comment below!

25 Things Programmers Say (Especially When Troubleshooting)

1. “It works fine on my computer. Come and see it in action if you don’t believe me.”
2. “Who did you login as? Are you an administrator?”
3. “It’s not a bug, it’s a feature.”
4. “That’s weird…”
5. “It’s never done that before.”

6. “It worked yesterday.”
7. “How is that possible?”
8. “Have you checked your network connection/settings?”
9. “You must have entered the wrong data and crashed it.”
10. “There is something funky in your data.”

11. “I haven’t touched that part of the code for weeks!”
12. “You must have the wrong library version.”
13. “What version of Internet Explorer are you using?”
14. “I can’t unit test everything!”
15. “We will fix that later.”

16. “It works, but I didn’t write any unit tests.”
17. “Somebody must have changed my code.”
18. “Did you check for a virus on your system?”
19. “Even though it doesn’t work, how does it feel?”
20. “You can’t use that version on your operating system.”

21. “Why do you want to do it that way?”
22. “Is the [network] cable plugged in?”
23. “I’m pretty sure I’ve already fixed that.”
24. “Have you restarted your application server/database server/machine after upgrading?”
25.  ”Which version of JRE/JDK/JVM have you installed?”

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Things Programmers Say

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This post on things programmers say was originally created on October 29, 2013 by Leah Beatty. It was revised and new imagery was created by Victoria Shaw on July 22, 2016.

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About Victoria Shaw

I'm the Marketing Intern at SmartFile, and a Junior Marketing major at Anderson University. I enjoy crafting content while listening to musical theatre soundtracks and eating sushi (or chocolate). Thank you for reading my post! P.S. I graduate in just over a year, so if you need a high quality marketing team member, I'm your gal;)

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