Skip to content

T`was the Night Before Friday – a poem for Software Engineers


‘Twas the night before Friday, when all through the code, Not a bug was stirring, no errors bestowed. The pull requests were merged with caution and care, In hopes that the weekend soon would be there.

The engineers were nestled all snug in their chairs, While visions of clean code and fresh coffee danced in their affairs. And I in my hoodie, and they in their caps, Had just settled our minds for a well-deserved nap.

When out in the server room there arose such a clatter, I sprang from my chair to see what was the matter. Away to the console I flew like a flash, Tore open the log files and cleared out the cache.

The terminal screen with its blinking cursor, Gave a luster of hope, a feeling of vigor. When what to my wondering eyes did appear, But a clever solution to a problem so clear.

With a brilliant algorithm, so lively and quick, I knew in a moment it must be a neat trick. More rapid than eagles, the code it compiled, And I whistled and shouted, my spirits revived!

“Now, Git! Now, Docker! Now, Agile and Scrum! On, Python! On, Rust! On, C++ and ASP.NET CORE! To the top of the server! To the end of the line! Now dash away! Dot, Dash away! Resolve that bug fine!”

As dry code that before the wild debugging flies, When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the skies. So up to the office, the coders they flew, With a sack full of updates and versions all new.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on my Chromebook, The chime of an email, a colleague’s feedback. As I opened the message and read its contents, I couldn’t help but smile at the compliments.

The project was finished, the deadline was met, It was a triumph the team would never forget. The code was clean, and the test coverage tight, Happy with our work, we bid the night goodbye.

And as we all left for the weekend’s delight, I exclaimed with joy, “Have a good one, alright!” But I heard them exclaim as they drove out of sight, “Happy coding to all, and to all a goodnight!” ...