These hilarious memes perfectly capture what it’s like to work in tech

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Before the internet, in the 80s and 90s, engineers who wanted to pick up a new skill usually turned to O’Reilly’s famous color-coded “Animal Books.”

O’ Reilly’s books cover hundreds of technologies from Python to Oracle. Every title famously has an engraved picture of an animal on its cover. But now that the internet has put most technical information a Google search away, O’Reilly books are no longer the first place young programmers turn.

The animal pictures have certainly made an impact on the next generation of programmers, however, and after originator and programmer Ben Halpern created an online generator, forums have sprouted up to post parodies of O’Reilly’s famous animal books.

Here are some of our favorites:


The best programmers aren’t lazy — they’re debugging their code on the weekend


When a warning isn’t really a warning:


Don’t worry, it will be back soon with bug reports.


I think we could have this project good enough to ship by, say, next week.


Regex is hard.

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This is how most coders really test and debug a new program.

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It used to be a simple tag, but in HTML5 you’ve got to use CSS instead.

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But coders not fluent in CSS can just use a simple one-pixel image, repeated again and again until it’s spaced correctly.

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Deep learning and other machine learning techniques are the hottest thing in tech. They’re also a great excuse to buy an amazing graphics card for your home computer.

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So this is where everyone on Hacker News learned how to argue.

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If it’s live, there are new undiscovered bugs in it.

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And of course, the first rule in working in software engineering:

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But sometimes you’ve got to stand up for your own code.

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Hackathons sound fun, but they’re really a sneaky way to get some free labor.

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Every developer’s worst nightmare: a client who won’t give you what you need to deliver your work.

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But ultimately, done is done.