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The Zen of devRant

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Let’s face it: Sometimes you just need to rant. Fortunately, there’s an app for that. It’s called devRant, and it’s the place for developers to vent about clients from hell, non-technical friends and family, and clueless recruiters.

In this roundup, devRant Co-Founder David Fox shares his favorite collection of rants since launching. Some will make you laugh. Others will make you laugh so hard you cry. And just about all of them will make you empathize with the author.

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David Fox
Co-founder and Head of Engineering

David is an experienced Web Developer and Big Data Engineer specializing in building big data solutions with graph databases and Hadoop.


Highly annoying clients.

Non-technical family and friends.

Clueless recruiters.

You all know who I’m talking about – the client who wants you to code a website in GitHub; the partner who thinks your code looks like a bunch of sad winky faces; and the recruiters who want five years Swift experience when Swift is only two years old.

For years, designers have been able to vent about Clients From Hell. Now, it’s developers’ turns to get the frustration off their chests on devRant. For those of you who’ve been living under a rock for the past year, devRant is where developers can, well, [anonymously] rant about all of the above.

Some posts will make you laugh. Others will make you laugh so hard you cry. And just about all of them will make you empathize with the poster.

This post is a culmination of our favorite devRants. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.



So you almost showed up to work with a positive attitude, but then PITA clients and bosses stepped in and turned that right around.

This section is an ode to those developers with likely the highest blood pressures. Because, hey, they deserve something for dealing with years worth of migraines.

Placebo Designs

By Akrion

Client tests the app and provides feedback ...

This sucks! Full of bugs, hard to navigate, nothing works!

1 week later after version 2 client provides new feedback: This rocks! Love it. Easy to use and rock solid!

Changes made: background set to light blue.

You Said my Website Would be SEO-friendly!

By Benline

Time for a rant!

Got a client I've just built a website for and they went live 2 weeks ago.

This morning he sends me an email saying that the website is not good enough because it's not making any sales or getting any traffic.

I send an email back asking if he has a marketing / SEO company... The response was I thought you do that as you said the site would be SEO friendly!!!

I'm a developer! Not a marketer, fuck off.

Code in GitHub

By saeedjassani



By Depe

A client wants to make a Pokemon GO type of game.. In two months.. (before the hype ended, they said)

Admit Nothing

By devRat

One of my clients (who's also a coder) asked me today
"Are you on devRant?"
Me: 😶 What's that? 😓

Swipe, Pinch, Landscape, Portrait, Back Pinch, Open New Tab, Close Tab, Ash Cigarette On Phone, Dunk In Toilet, Dry, Double Tap

By Rican2onylee

My boss literally spends half an hour finger-fucking his phone on the mobile site to find "bugs", that I can't replicate. A combination like: swipe, pinch, landscape, portrait, back pinch, open new tab, close tab, ash cigarette on phone, dunk in toilet, dry, double tap... Aha I've found a bug, there's 0.5 pixel line of space between the bag header and the browser bar.

That Time You Tried To Prank Someone, But They Don’t Even Notice

By Silhoutte

I've been slowly increasing the size of my tech manager's mouse cursor over the last month when he leaves his computer unlocked. It's about an inch tall now and he hasn't noticed yet. Everyone else in the office does and it's the best thing ever.

Like a Virgin

By Salimansari

Job offers be like:

We need a VIRGIN with at least 2 years EXPERIENCE of SEX…

You’re a Programmer, You Must Have Secret Backups

By DevRat

Client: Hi. my SEO guy messed up the website. It's kind of .... you know .... gone. You must have the backup. Please restore

Me (after 10 mins): Done


Client: Hi again. I don't see my changes from yesterday. Why?

Me: Because I had 2 months old backup.

Client: Why?

Me: Because that's the last time I worked on your website. And you changed the credentials later on.

Client: But you're a programmer. You must have had a back door to take back ups.


Client: Hello?

Me: It's time to leave earth.

We’ll Give You The Details After You Give Us The Quote

By Beofett

We want a web site.

We're going to want lots of interactive content, which we'll define later.

You need to develop the whole thing in 2 weeks.

We'll give you all the details after you tell us exactly how much it will cost.

Keep Calm, And Remember There’s No WiFi In Jail.

By Daumie

Keep calm, and remember there’s no wifi in jail

And that was enough encouragement



After a long day’s work, you just want to relax and probably rant about all of the above. Unfortunately, that isn’t what typically happens, especially when you’re living with a non-coder who, as much as they try to, just can’t feel your pain.

In the words of devRant, developers are people too. Yet, all too often devs can feel like a one-man wolfpack.

This section is a collection of rants about the ones you love who just don’t get it.

Night Owl

By Zayy862

There's no greater waste of time than laying in bed with your significant other and waiting on them to fall asleep so you can tip toe back to your computer in order to hit a deadline.

Literally my ritual every night.

Why is Your Code so Sad?

By Tisaconundrum

Me: *coding*
Gf: *walks into room*
Gf: awww look at all the sad winky faces
Me: excuse me?
Gf: look at all the sad winky faces *points at this ); *
Me: ... 😕😂

At Least Everyone Isn’t an Idiot

By rigobertomolina

So I barely get home and I see my 10-year old sister in the living room coding with the Xcode Playground, I asked her where she learned how to do that and she said "I just read the books you had." I'm so proud. 😭

Yet Another Great Opportunity

By Mwemekamp

Some guy my girlfriend knows, heard I'm a software developer. He had this 'great' idea on how he wanted to start a new revolutionary way of paying on the internet. He wanted to create a service like paypal but without having the hassle of logging in first and going through a transaction. He wanted a literal "buy now" button on every major webshop on the internet. When I asked him how he thought that would work legally and security wise, he became a bit defensive and implied that since I'm the tech guy I should work out that kind of stuff. When the software was ready, he would have clients lined up for the service and his work would start.

I politely declined this great opportunity



Programming isn’t like a normal job. It’s almost invisible. Yet it’s behind just about every amazing thing being built today, which makes it an indispensable function that the majority of people don’t understand all that well.

In these rants, developers drop some funny rants about the truths only they could appreciate.

These are my Confessions…

By Badboytherock

Dev confession.

Everybody in my department thinks I am a genius programmer. I am just a better googler who knows how to apply things.

That Time You Almost Donated a Website

By Bleestein

Ever visit a site/web app that's so bad you want to build them a new one for free?

Being Efficient is Stressful

By Azous

I'm so stressed lately that even when I try to relax I stress out because I keep trying to relax in the most efficient way possible... Fuck

Telecommuting Sucks

By GinjaNinja

You can work from anywhere... anywhere in the world!

Hmmm... Yeah, right! But not when management likes warm bodies at the office.

I hate, hate, absolutely HATE having to travel to work, spending at least 45min to an hour in traffic just to get to work! 😤😡 And then rinse and repeat to get home... which means I'm up at 5:30 every morning to be at work by 7:30, only to get home past 18:00 - traffic permitting! *sigh* 😩

Have You Heard of Google?

By Stoner

Worst part: being everyone else's Search Bitch. Seriously, how the hell do you have a job in the tech industry when you can't use a fucking search engine, whether it's Google, a builtin search facility or, hell, scrolling down the goddamn page?


Get ready for a double facepalm because one just won’t cut it.

Oh, Junior Devs!

By Mcarrera

On his first week at job, the junior says:

Hey guys! Check out this new website I found! You'll thank me later.

Oh, Silly Clients...

By Xilo

Client: We need a phone number field on that form ASAP! We paid all this money and have hardly asked for anything. (completely not true btw...) You need to do this NOW!

Me: It has a phone number field...

Client: No it DOES NOT!

Me: Are we talking about the same form? *Sends a screenshot*

Client: Oh, I see it now. lol

Fml. Absolutely ready to give up client work. That was all exactly quoted btw.

Grateful - Thank God (TGI…)


Thus far, you’ve read a fair share of rants and moans on the darker end of the spectrum. But let’s be real – being a developer is pretty awesome. It’s certainly not all doom and gloom, especially if you’re a Toptal developer, who works whenever and wherever [s]he wants.

So to level the playing field, I’ve included the best grateful rants I could find.

Amen :p

By Jonsnowstorm

God bless the person who had the same tech issue as you, posted it, got the solution and came back to confirm in on a random forum.

Thank God For StackOverFlow and Google

By PythonRam

I am more thankful to StackOverFlow and Google than I am to my university.

Thank God For Remote Work

By Apieceoffruitt

I just had a nightmare.

I never became a developer. Instead I had a normal 9-5, didn't do work at home, slept well and spent my free time on social activities.

It was horrible.

Thank God for Smart Bosses

By Brod

We will no longer be accepting contracts which have an internet explorer or edge support requirement.

All of the front end devs are going hysterical and celebrating 😂 🎉🎉

Thank God for Good Clients

By Antho

Not a rant....

I received an email today from a client that reads "I'm so anxious to pay you. This is the best money I've spent on my website."

Thank God for Nice Coworkers

By Peamm

A young guy I work with burst into tears today, I had no idea what happened so I tried to comfort him and ask what was up.

It appears his main client had gone nuts with him because they wanted him to make an internet toolbar (think and he politely informed them toolbars doesn't really exist anymore and it wouldn't work on things like modern browsers or mobile devices.

Being given a polite but honest opinion was obviously something the client wasn't used to and knowing the guy was a young and fairly inexperienced, they started throwing very personal insults and asking him exactly what he knows about things (a lot more than them).

So being the big, bold, handsome senior developer I am, I immediately phoned the client back and told them to either come speak to me face-to-face and apologise to him in person or we'd terminate there contract with immediate effect. They're coming down tomorrow...

So part my rant, part a rant on behalf of a young developer who did nothing wrong and was treated like shit, I think we've all been there.

We'll see how this goes! Who the hell wants a toolbar anyway?!


We’ve complained, given thanks and shared some funny truths. To wrap things up, we’re leaving you with the best pearls of wisdom we found on devRant.

Always be efficient

By Avian

I knew I was about to get laid off so I stopped caring and started answering questions on stack overflow all day every day instead of working.

10k rep later I got a new job via stack overflow careers that pays twice as much.

Moral of the story? Be efficient... even when you are not.

Do As I Say, Not As I Do

By G-m-f

Never enter rude / swear words as test data.
At some point you'll forget they are in there until they show up in a client demo.

Reinvent The Damn Wheel

By SaDammie-Jr

Reinventing the wheel can be very valuable. Even if you don't create a better wheel, you'll learn a lot about how it works, which can really help you out in the long term.

[Serious] Reflection

By Edisonn

Worst part of being a dev: most employers want to own ya.

When I was at my first big employer, Microsoft, 10+ years ago, I was not even supposed to touch open source, let alone work on a side business.

Then I quit and joined another software giant, Google, that one was asking me to submit for approval on each open source project I would touch, and it was a 30 day period before I would get approval. And working on a side software business was an absolutely no-no, cause anything competes with them, or so they say.

At my current employer I am allowed to do whatever the hell I want. And they have only one, common sense, restriction: Whatever I do, should not be related to their core business.

I wish I would have not sold my soul when I had lots of time, no kids to take care off, and I was young and energetic.

It takes me now months to make a baby step for my wannabe business.


By Marps1

Nothing is more permanent than a temporary fix.

Now, go Forth, Young Jedi. May the Force be With You.

While these rants may be funny when they’re not happening to you, they’re almost certainly not so when they are.

So the next time someone gives you something to rant about, remember this post, and head over to devRant to get it off your chest.

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