The Programmer’s Oath- Uncle Bob

The Programmer's Oath- Uncle Bob

Managers often put developers in an awkward position by asking them to write ethically ambiguous code. And recently a number of companies have used code to break the law.

It’s clear that— just like doctors, lawyers, and business people — developers need to study ethics and apply these principles in their day-to-day work.

Some universities are introducing developer ethics courses, but this alone isn’t enough. There are 20 million professional developers out there, and millions of working adults who are transitioning into the software development field. Most of them don’t have time to go back to school to take an ethics class. How can we introduce ethical concepts in a way that’s practical enough for these busy developers?

So I reached out to Robert “Uncle Bob” Martin, the legendary programming coach behind the Clean Code book series. In 2015, Uncle Bob published an ethical framework for developers called “The Programmer’s Oath.”

Uncle Bob volunteered to create some videos and Programmer’s Oath. And today, I’m proud to announce that we’ve published the final video in the series. So now the entire series is available on YouTube — for free, and with no commercials. You can watch Uncle Bob’s The Programmer’s Oath series here

Here are the 9 promises of Uncle Bob’s Programmer’s Oath, from his original 2015 blog post:

  1. I will not produce harmful code.

  2. The code that I produce will always be my best work. I will not knowingly allow code that is defective either in behavior or structure to accumulate.

  3. I will produce, with each release, a quick, sure, and repeatable proof that every element of the code works as it should.

  4. I will make frequent, small, releases so that I do not impede the progress of others.

  5. I will fearlessly and relentlessly improve my creations at every opportunity. I will never degrade them.

  6. I will do all that I can to keep the productivity of myself, and others, as high as possible. I will do nothing that decreases that productivity.

  7. I will continuously ensure that others can cover for me, and that I can cover for them.

  8. I will produce estimates that are honest both in magnitude and precision. I will not make promises without certainty.

  9. I will never stop learning and improving my craft.

This is just the beginning. As software powers more and more of the world, developer ethics will become increasingly important.

As a small nonprofit that’s helping millions of people become developers, NexxyTech will continue to publish videos and articles on this important topic.

I want to thank Uncle Bob for creating The Programmer’s Oath and setting the bar so high for our profession.

Courtesy: Uncle Bob

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