The Hippocratic oath that programmers should make

I swear to fulfil, to the best of my ability and judgement, this covenant:

I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those programmers in whose steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow.

I will apply, for the benefit of the users, all measures that are required, avoiding those twin traps of time and cost.

I will remember that there is art to software as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the programming toolsets or coding standards.

I will not be ashamed to say “I know not,” nor will I fail to call in my colleagues when the skills of another are needed for a project’s success.

I will respect the privacy of my users, for their problems are not disclosed to me that the world may know. Most especially must I tread with care in matters of life and death. If it is given me to save a life, all thanks. But it may also be within my power to take a life; this awesome responsibility must be faced with great humbleness and awareness of my own frailty. Above all, I must not play at God.

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