Social media is ripe with Dad jokes, and #techtwitter isn’t immune from this popular trend.
For anyone looking to get a cringeworthy chuckle out of their coworkers, here are the 10 most popular Java developer jokes floating around Twittersphere.
I’ve also included a brief explanation of why they these jokes are supposed to be funny for those who don’t get the humor right off the bat.
10 best programming jokes
Before I give away the punchlines, here are the setups for the top 10 programmer jokes circulating on Twitter today:
- Why did the two Java methods get a divorce?
- Why did the edge server go bankrupt?
- How many developers does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
- Why did the private classes break up?
- Why do programmers confuse Christmas with Halloween?
- Why do Java programmers wear glasses?
- What’s the first step in understanding recursion?
- Why did the Java developer teach his kids about double quotes?
- What happens when a developers ask a silly question?
Why did the two Java methods get a divorce?
Because they had constant arguments.
In Java, data passed into a method is known as an argument. Data that can’t be changed is said to be constant. So methods can have constant arguments.
Of course, if a married couple had constant arguments, they’d get a divorce.
Why did the functions 🛑stop calling ☎️each other?
Because they had constant arguments. 🥊🥊 pic.twitter.com/fSf8HLI3Pl
— Darcy DeClute (Scrumtuous Inc) (@scrumtuous) July 15, 2022
Why did the edge server go bankrupt?
Because it ran out of cache.
This programming joke is simply a play on words.
Edge servers lower response times by storing regularly queried files and images in a cache. It would not be good for an edge server to run out of cache space.
And of course, when a person or company runs out of cash, they go bankrupt. So this developer joke is a bit of a play on words.
How many developers does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
None. It’s a hardware problem.
This lightbulb joke simply pokes fun at the human trait of deflecting blame to someone or something else.
Why did the private classes break up?
Because they never saw each other.
I like this programmer joke, because you need an intermediate understanding of Java to understand the punchline.
Java has a variety of access modifiers, one of which is private. The private access modifier greatly limits a class, method or variable’s visibility. If two classes were private, the compiler would not allow them to reference, or ‘see’ each other.
And of course, if a couple could never see each other, they’d surely break up, which is why this Java programming joke is funny.
Why did the Java developer teach his young kids about single quotes?
Because they build character.
When you create a char primitive type or a Character object in Java, you use single quotes.
char isma = ‘a’;
And of course, everyone wants their kids to be of good character. So teaching young kids about single quotes should help build character.
This developer joke is just a fun play on words that requires an understanding of Java primitive types for the punchline to be understood.
Why do Java developers like single quotes?
Because they help to build character. pic.twitter.com/K7m8IonzuF
— Darcy DeClute (Scrumtuous Inc) (@scrumtuous) November 23, 2022
Why do programmers confuse Christmas with Halloween?
Because OCT 31 is the same as DEC 25
This is just a weird coincidence of the octal number system.
When you use the base 8 number system, 31 is equivalent to 25 in the decimal number system.
So 31 in octal equals 25 in decimal. Which reads as though October 31st, which is Halloween, is the same as December 25th, which is Christmas.
Why do most Java programmers wear glasses?
Because they don’t see sharp.
The .NET platform is one of the primary competitors for Java based Spring Boot and Jakarta EE applications. And one of the main languages of .NET is C#, pronounced ‘see sharp.’
Java developers don’t traditionally touch the .NET platform, so you could say that they don’t see sharp!
What’s the first step in understanding recursion?
To understand recursion, you must first understand recursion.
Recursion and recursive methods are a way to perform repetitive logic in a computer program. Basically, a method calls itself ad infinitum until the work is done.
The punch line calls upon itself, so the only way someone would find this developer joke funny is if they already understood recursion, which as we know, is the first step in understanding recursion.
Why did the Java developer quit his job?
Because he didn’t get arrays.
This programmer joke is a play on the words ‘arrays’ and ‘a raise.’
An array is a fundamental programming concept in all languages. So if you were a developer and you didn’t understand Java arrays, you’d surely want to quit.
And at the same time, if you worked hard and never got a pay raise, you’d want to quit as well!
What happens when a developers ask a silly question?
They get a silly ANSI.
This developer joke is just a play on the pronunciation of the acronym ANSI. ANSI is pronounced somewhat like the word ‘answer.’
ANSI is the American National Standards Institute. They are responsible for ASCII, the American Standard Code for Information Interchange, which is used by all modern computer programs to do character encoding.
This programmer joke is often asked with ASCII in the setup as follows:
What happens when developers ASCII silly questions?
They get a silly ANSIs.
Developer programming jokes
This programmer joke is just another play on words that you probably wouldn’t get if you weren’t a developer. Which is something that could be said about each of these jokes.
Programmers, Sys Admins and DevOps engineers may find these developer jokes funny, but people outside of the IT field probably won’t.
Feel free to use these jokes to kick off a Zoom call or end your daily Scrum, but don’t offer them up at the Thanksgiving Dinner table, as they’ll go over about as well as a WKRP turkey giveaway.