A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from May 28, 2015
“99 little bugs in the code” (programming joke)

The song “99 Bottles of Beer” goes:

99 bottles of beer on the wall, 99 bottles of beer.
Take one down, pass it around, 98 bottles of beer on the wall...


A computer version that has been printed on many posters is:

99 little bugs in the code.
99 little bugs in the code.
Take one down, patch it around,
127 little bug in the code...


“99 little bugs in the code”—often called the “Programmer’s Drinking Song”—has been cited in print since at least 1991.


Wikipedia: 99 Bottles of Beer
“99 Bottles of Beer” is an anonymous United States folk song dating to the mid-20th century. It is a traditional song in both the United States and Canada. It is popular to sing on long trips, as it has a very repetitive format which is easy to memorize, and can take a long time to sing. In particular the song is frequently sung by children on long bus trips, such as class field trips, or on Scout and/or Girl Guide outings. The song is derived from the English “Ten Green Bottles”.

The song’s lyrics are as follows:

99 bottles of beer on the wall, 99 bottles of beer.
Take one down, pass it around, 98 bottles of beer on the wall...


Google Groups: rec.humor.funny
Programmer’s Drinking Song
T...@uvmadmin.bitnet
12/23/91
Here’s a little song that was sent to me from a colleague in Rochester, NY:

PROGRAMMER’S DRINKING SONG

100 little bugs in the code,
100 bugs in the code,

fix one bug, compile it again,
101 little bugs in the code.

101 little bugs in the code.....

Repeat until BUGS = 0
--
Selected by Brad Templeton

Google Groups: alt.callahans
Has anyone noticed the island?
Lynn Alford
1/16/92
(...)
This one reminds me of something posted not too long ago in rec.humor.funny.

“99 little bugs in the code
99 little bugs
fix one bug, complie the code
100 little bugs in the code

repeat until no bugs left”

Google Groups: comp.sys.hp.mpe
Off topic: Computer “bugs” - Humor
Gary L. Biggs
11/13/98
Overheard in a Silicon Gulch watering hole....
Programmers Drinking Song

100 little bugs in the code,
100 bugs in the code,
fix one bug, compile it again,
101 little bugs in the code.
101 little bugs in the code, .....

||: Repeat until Bugs = 0 :||

Google Groups: sci.philosophy.tech
Are Causes infinite?
Nick Stamp
5/11/99
(...)
The Programmer’s Drinking Song:

99 little bugs in the code,
99 little bugs in the code,
Fix one bug, compile it again,
101 little bugs in the code,
101 little bugs in the code.....
(Repeat until BUGS = 0)

Google Groups: Kairaly
Programmer’s Song
Tux_the_penguin
6/8/06
Programmers Song:

99 little bugs in the code,
99 bugs in the code,
Fix one bug, compile it again,
101 little bugs in the code.
101 little bugs in the code.....

Google Books
Managing Cyber Attacks in International Law, Business, and Relations:
In Search of Cyber Peace

By Scott J. Shackelford
New York, NY: Cambridge University Press
2014
Pg. 131:
A popular programming song jokes:

99 little bugs in the code,
99 little bugs in the code,
Fix one bug, compile it again,
101 little bugs in the code.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityMedia/Newspapers/Magazines/Internet • Thursday, May 28, 2015 • Permalink