As web designers and developers, we have all been guilty of taking shortcuts when it comes to building websites or apps. For that reason, we usually try to hide a little when looking at these fake programming covers that make fun of our own shortcomings. These are part of a “fake programming books” meme that consists of taking the famous O’Reilly cover style, with a main color, the title in a box of that color, and a line-based black and white drawing of an animal.

I already knew of the “Copying and Pasting from Stack Overflow” cover, which you can find at the end of this post, but googling it opened a whole new world of giggles for me.

Google The Error Message

This is how 99.9% support people work after asking you if your computer is plugged in.

Writing Code that nobody else can read

Why comment when you can just write regular spaghetti code like everyone else?

Changing stuff and seeing what happens

Welcome to a world of learning by doing.

blamin the user

The easy way to get away from responsibility, blaming the user.

Pointless meetings

This one is not only for developers or designers, but for anyone who has an office job.

z-index: 100000000000

Next step is “Z-Index: 100000000000 !important”, we’ve all done this!

Copying and Pasting from Stack Overflow

This is how more than half of the Internet works, copying and pasting code from Stack Overflow.

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Mirko Humbert

Mirko Humbert is the editor-in-chief and main author of Designer Daily and Typography Daily. He is also a graphic designer and the founder of WP Expert.