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does someone know where this quote comes from? I don't know it literally, but I know what is is about. Something like:

Writing code more than once is a waste of energy and creativity.

I think that it was in some article about the definition of hacking or so, but I can't find it.

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Well Googling for the exact phrase reveals - just this question! google.co.uk/… - so that didn't help ;) –  ChrisF Dec 12 '10 at 17:55
    
I wonder if this question is better served on english.stackexchange.com? –  Gary Rowe Dec 12 '10 at 23:07
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@Gary: How do you figure? This isn't a question about the English language. –  Anna Lear Dec 12 '10 at 23:17
    
@Anna Just simply that requests for origins of quotes and phrases come up frequently on the site and that the audience there may have better research facilities for this type of question. I'm not suggesting a vote to close because I see this type of quote as constructive to a programmer. Rather, @thejh may find this question gets better answers from a different type of specialist. –  Gary Rowe Dec 13 '10 at 9:19

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Potentially a paraphrasing of this:

A lot of modern programming focusses on making code reusable and modulated. This is clearly a good idea since there is no point writing code more than once since it is just a waste of time and gets pretty boring.

from Quantumstate's blog article "Reusing Code". The original link fails due to a Database error, but the Google cache seems OK in Dec 2010.

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Not exactly what I was looking for, but should work for me, too. –  thejh Dec 13 '10 at 21:43

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