The Russian Programmer
- Russian programmers never read manuals and rarely use online help - they easily get a
grasp of a new program, simply because they have already tried every single program in
this field before.
- Russian programmers never pay for the software. They either crack it or buy those
wonderful CDs with tons of cracked software that are sold for $5 bucks in every major city
- Russian programmers are always on the cutting edge of software development - they use
the latest versions of the best tools available - it's easy, since there is no need to
- Russians programmers are very experienced in hardware. They will take your computer
apart and build it back in a matter of minutes. They remember the jumpers settings for
most boards, hard drives and other devices. They never forget what interrupts and base
memory addresses are currently used up in their computers.
- Russians programmers keep upgrading their computers until there are no more available
interrupts, no room for additional memory and no free bay slots. If they can't upgrade it
any more they buy a new one and tie both old and new computer into a LAN.
- Russians programmers program on on all levels, beginning with the processor codes, table
of which they hold for the reference on their desk. They usually remember by heart the
list of functions of Int21H.
- Russian programmers remember by heart both English and Russian keyboard layouts. You can
ask them in the middle of the night what key is between A and L and you'll hear surprised:
"What do you mean - they are 7 keys apart?".
- Russian programmers hate Microsoft and Microsoft tools, but keep using them from time to
- Russian programmers prefer Borland tools and install Microsoft compilers only for their
nice Help files on Windows API.
- Russian programmers feel themselves very comfortable on the Internet. They are always
online - just in case they need something urgently.
- Russian programmers only work when they are in the right mood. Programming is a creative
process and it cannot be pushed.
- Russian programmers are always in the mood for programming.
- There are two kinds of Russian programmers - the ones that hate Windows and program on
Unix and the ones that hate Windows and still program on Windows. Macintosh programmers
aren't real programmers - they are more often referred to as "users".
- Russian programmers hate to code somebody else's ideas. Each program is written
personally and from scratch.
- Russian programmers always have a copy of Doom, Duke Nukem or Quake on their hard
drives. They play nights over the network in the Deathmatch mode.
- Russian programmers never use joystick. Keyboard is a dangerous weapon in their fast
- Russian programmers never give up. They will hunt down bugs in their programs forgetting
to eat and sleep.
- Russian programmers' wives are never happy. They get no attention whatsoever as long as
the computer is in the same house.
- There are two kinds of Russian programmers - the ones that bring profit by actually
doing something, and the ones that bring better profit by not interfering with anything.
- Russian programmers are always underpaid. There is no money in the world that amounts to
what they are really worth.
- Big bosses don't like Russian programmers. Who likes a smart ass who knows everything?
- Big bosses will never fire a Russian programmer. They know that even working 10 hours a
week and being half-drunk Russian programmer will accomplish more than a Ph.D both in the
short and in the long run.
- Russian programmers never prototype the code. They write on inspiration, sometimes
without sleep, driven by the urge to see the new program run as soon as possible. When the
program finally runs without glitches they drop on the floor and sleep for 20-30 hours
happily smiling in their dreams.
- Russian programmers never approach programming methodically. Every program is a piece of
art and is usually written in a highly inconvenient time when deadlines for other projects
are around the corner.
- Russian programmers like sushi. Japanese restaurant is the only place they may sacriface
the friday night debugging session for.
- Russian programmers eat very seldom. Usually they manage to grab something during the
compilation or a lengthy file upload/download.
- Russian programmers usually sleep from 6 am to 8 am. The rest of the day (and night) is
spent in a half-sleeping mode, although it doesn't reflect on work efficiency.
- Russian programmers ignore the regular schedule with lunch time starting at noon. They
usually go to lunch around 2-3 pm. If they go to the lunch after 4 pm - they don't return.
- Russian programmers never start working right away in the morning.
First they check and reply to all E-mails, read the daily news, make a
posting to a favorite newsgroup and have a cup of tea.
- The morning ritual described in item 29 usually lasts through the
first half of the day. Russian programmers start working right after
lunch, intermixing their primary functions with Internet activity.
- Russian programmers like to chat on IRC. Communication with real
people takes to much time to be taken seriously.
- If Russian programmer visits a friend who has a computer in the house,
sooner or later he will get to it to check his mail or for some other
- If the computer in the friend's house is broken, the Russian
programmer will fix it in no time.
- Russian programmers usually fall dead asleep every time they are taken
away from the computer. The regular life is too boring.
- Russian programmers with laptops very often collapse from exhaustion
and insomnia, because there is no place on earth where they could get
away from their computers and take a good sleep.
Insanely untrue, a desperate ploy to get a job offer
I never pay for software and I never steal software. That's bad [programming] karma
And we are on the bleeding edge, because we're involved in writing the best tools. While they become the "Mac Users"
Fundamentally essential, but waste of time these days
This is funny, when they type they still look at the keyboard
No longer applicable today
Big deal huh
Agree! But not uniquely Russian
Most likely they don't know how to kiss anymore
Well, this is 1998 and this guy never heard of Linux yet
Yeah, and the next programmer will write a different code for the same application, Time wasters:))
Anyway this is 1998
Because joystick is for playing not for programming, Ivan
Because it's their fault why bugs are there in the first place anyway:))
Hey, get a sex therapy program(not the one that you install on a pc jerk)
So mostly likely they love interfering with something
Yeah, Just like us
Haha, even if we know everything, big bosses likes us
This is 1998, today anyone is expendable
So usually it's a "Picasso" code that goes to the grave with them
So that's how long they take to debug their artfully written program:))
Most likely their brains only works during compilation or a lengthy file upload/download:))
The writer shouldn't be generalized with the rest of the Russian Programming Community;)
Even Poorer Guy!
But at any given time I would prefer to work with a Russian than an American.