The hierarchy of Mystical Arts in Programming

Posted on Wed 29 February 2012 in Posts

I was responding to an incredibly detailed answer on StackOverflow on Python metaclasses , when I wrote the following on my whiteboard:

original whiteboard contents

I thought this was clever, and gave the (I thought clever) response on StackOverflow which read:

I read this and think of the famous "There are lies, damned lies, and then there is statistics", but instead think of it as "there are hacks, tricks, voodoo magic, dark arts, and then there are Python metaclasses".

This was good, I then left to go for lunch and when I came back a co-worker had modified/added to my list:

updated whiteboard contents

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