Pants on Fire: 9 Lies That Programmers Tell Themselves

Software developers, like everybody else, aren't always honest with themselves. Here are some common untruths that they can come to believe are true.
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Everybody lies to themselves now and again (“I can’t weigh that much; my scale must be off”) in both their personal and professional lives. Some professions, however, may be more prone to it than others. Software developers, who often work - alone - for long hours under tight deadlines seem to be particularly susceptible to a little self-delusion. By reaching out to developers on social media and reviewing developer comments in discussion forums and elsewhere online, ITworld has compiled 9 of the most common white lies that programmers will tell themselves. How little these white lies are is left up to the reader.

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