Manning’s Month of Luck Limerick Challenge
Every year we share a few technology-inspired limericks on on St. Patrick’s Day. This year, we invited you to join in the fun with your own rhyming creations. You didn’t disappoint, with dozens of amazing and hilarious limericks!
The competition winners are…
Markus Degen
There was a data scientist from New Orleans
Who did not know what a mean means.
So as an adventure,
He learned from a lecture.
So with time he got the routines.
Bjørn B. Nielsen
There once was a man of Deep Learning,
His GPU always was burning,
And though he was proud
He kept thinking about
All the Bitcoin that he could be earning!
kalliga
The incredible Wizard of Oz,
Retired from his business becoz.
Due to the new AI science,
To most of his clients,
He wasn’t the Wizard he woz.
Enjoy the rest of the amazing limericks!
1
There once was a publisher Manning
Who’s excellent books emails were spamming
Buy one, get one free
Sounds like heaven to me
Perfect for learning programming
Author: Barnaby Norman
2
I once read a book about Kotlin
With its single precision numbers that were floating
I typed in 3276.7
And I was in object heaven
That wonderful book about Kotlin
Author: Barnaby Norman
3
I used to do coding in PHP
At the time it made lots of sense to me
Then I discovered JS
And it was yes yes yes
I never returned to PHP
Author: Barnaby Norman
4
Manning says free books for a year
Thats better than three barrels of beer
All I have to do is write
Some rhymes that delight
Could I have eight months and a barrel of beer?
Author: Barnaby Norman
5
Its sexy reviewing Manning books
From the ladies I get plenty of looks
When I am sat on the train
Reading and filling my brain
They only want me for my module hooks
Author: Barnaby Norman
6
I once read a book about Java
And it rules got me into a lather
Its declarations here
Made me feel rather queer
Any other language I would rather
Author: Barnaby Norman
7
When I first discovered the Linux kernel
I knew it was true love eternal
At just 65k
I could have fun every day
Oh I do love that Linux kernel
Author: Barnaby Norman
8
I once met a man who loved source code
All day and night he would download
Until his disk was full
No more git pull
I thought his head would explode
Author: Barnaby Norman
9
There once was a geeky fella
Who kept a python in his cellar
His coding was good
But so misunderstood
That strange geeky fella
Author: Barnaby Norman
10
I once new a chap that could code
His favourite was writing in Node
When his scripts were async
It tickled him pink
That his promised data all flowed
Author: Barnaby Norman
11
I once had a problem with a NoteBook of mine,
So I search and found a solution online,
I should have check,
My Computer got rekt.
And now I simply can’t stop cryin’
Author: Charles Lam
12
A big ball of mud-spaghetti,
This monolith code base is heavy.
Strangulation, they say,
Leads to services, yay!
Distribute on Kubernetes.
Author: Jason Down
13
There came a CommandLine Named PowerShell,
And the Unix world was like “What the hell”,
So blue and quick
It made them sick
Who knew PowerShell books would ever sell
Author: Charles Lam
14
There once was a Shell named Bash,
With a cryptic command called Hash,
Should calls be redirected,
or path be intercepted,
Just use it — the console won’t Crash.
Author: Chuck the Duck
15
When checking code into Subversion,
One embarks on quite the excursion.
Phantom updates and commits
Timeouts and throwing fits–
Who wrote this frustrating perversion?
Author: Eric Olsson
16
There was a geek who, since college,
Had wanted to further their knowledge.
They signed up to Manning
And with very slight planning.
Their advancement was clear to acknowledge.
Author: Duncan Greenyer
17
There once was a cloud service Amazon,
That allowed engineers to get more hands-on,
But when that cloud went down,
Engineers quickly frowned,
To go into the office they need pants on.
Author: Dan Abrams
18
There was a model with classification
That did not get the bosses appreciation. Accuracy was not that high,
I couldn’t find out why.
So I read a Manning for education.
Author: Markus Degen
19
Manning has lots of books in action,
Newbies and those looking for traction;
Be it Ant, Camel or Ruby,
Or grokking in Spring,
It’s hard not to feel some attraction.
Author: patternproject
20
There was a data scientist from New Orleans
Who did not know what a mean means.
So as an adventure,
He learned from a lecture.
So with time he got the routines.
Author: Markus Degen
21
JavaScript is the kind of guy
Who changes type on the fly
And only a few
Of the people he knew
Were willing to give TypeScript a try
Author: Torrejon
22
If this is just an object
Then what are you to expect?
A function or array
Or an instance is at play
Cause JavaScript isn’t perfect
Author: Torrejon
23
If this is just an object
Then what are you to expect?
A function or array
Or an instance is at play
Since JavaScript may inflect
Author: Torrejon
24
Debugging is part of your life
And you’re arguing with your wife
Then take my advice
It should suffice
Just find out what’s causing the strife
Author: Torrejon
25
You code all day long for a living,
Toiling hard from morning till evening.
Then when you go sleep in bed,
As your rest down your head,
You count effective lines of code to get sleeping!
Author: Oman
26
F# language is not that well known,
Though by Microsoft it is grown.
It WILL kick the butt,
Of your imperative smut,
As we say in l33t speak: it just pwns!
Author: Oman
27
Elixir’s a magical potion,
Took the programming world by explosion!
Took the weird out of Erlang,
Ahead of you by a Furlong.
Give it a try, you’ll feel that emotion!
Author: Oman
28
Clojure’s Java’s world’s Lisp,
It is finely tuned to a crisp!
It got paren’s galore,
Using it will make your soar,
That is once you can get it in grip.
Author: Oman
29
Rust lang’s name is a sad misunderstanding,
Seeing how it’s so mentally demanding.
Deal with lifetimes and borrows,
Till you’re screaming in horror.
At least it’s prolific on Manning!
Author: Oman
30
There was a new Windows release
That promised to speed up PCs
It didn’t inspire us
‘Cause just like a virus
It made the performance decrease
Author: Martin Philp
31
There came a CommandLine Named PowerShell,
And the Unix world was like “What the hell”,
So blue and quick
It made them sick
Who knew PowerShell books would ever sell
Author: Charles Lam
32
There once was a Shell named Bash,
With a cryptic command called Hash,
Should calls be redirected,
or path be intercepted,
Just use it — the console won’t Crash.
Author: Chuck the Duck
33
When checking code into Subversion,
One embarks on quite the excursion.
Phantom updates and commits
Timeouts and throwing fits–
Who wrote this frustrating perversion?
Author: Eric Olsson
34
A tech made a microchip cookie,
To store data from Mediawiki,
But a large Facebook crowd,
Overloaded the cloud,
Escape took fullstop and command key
Author: Colin Melville
35
While browsing online Wikipedia
And various digital media
Frankenstein on narcotics
Used AI and robotics
To create a cyborg centipedia
Author: Colin Melville
36
A tech made a microchip cookie,
A task he found rather tricky,
But with large Facebook crowd,
Data stored in the cloud,
And browser apps he’s sitting pretty
Author: Colin Melville
37
I wanted my robot to speak
So I trained it for more than a week
But the stupid AI
Didn’t answer my “Hi!”
It failed to make even a squeak
Author: Martin Philp
38
Tech advances at galloping rate,
Information a virtual spate,
While manning your console,
To Manning go pronto,
Up-to-date, straight to your plate.
Author: Colin Melville
39
Tech advances at infinite rate,
The problem: to keep up-to-date,
To Manning I’m turning
To manage my learning –
Bleeding-edge straight to my plate
Author: Colin Melville
40
There once was a coder from Cork,
who got lost debugging one fork.
The last program she wrote,
could reply a fun quote:
‘your balance might improve with SMOTE’
Author: Manuel
41
There once was a bird from Taiwan,
Who loved nothing more than to program in Python,
Though fingers he had none,
And typing with a beak was no fun
Gladly bughunting is what he could shine on
Author: Kah
42
There was a young man named Will
Who wanted to pay online a bill
But his router was infected
And the transfer deflected
So now he is feeling quite ill
Author: Martin Philp
43
To this day, some prefer BBEdit.
VSCode is now getting some credit.
Vim and Emacs are fine
So are Atom and Sublime.
Doesn’t matter much, if you don’t let it.
Author: Alexander
44
But wait! Let’s not forget IDEs!
Using PyCharm sure is a breeze!
Komodo, Eclipse, and IDEA;
CLion is my panacea,
And XCode leaves me at ease.
Author: Alexander
45
But Jupyter Notebook is also legit!
Data scientists must prefer it.
In the browser, you code;
results are then showed.
But good luck when you try to use Git.
Author: Alexander
46
There once was a coder named Rustle,
Whose garbage collection caused fustle.
He arg’d with his boss,
And thus got the toss,
So now he cleans garbage with bustle.
Author: ThatGuyDuncan
47
While in the text editor we type
A program whose output we’ll pipe
To a process that is fast
Errors prevented by casts
Lest our permits not be set to write
Author: Kevin Scharnhorst
48
A challenge on manning-dot-com
Inspired my dad and my mom
To spent much of an evening
Extracting some meaning
From GPU, PC and ROM
Author: Martin Philp
49
There once was a man of Deep Learning,
His GPU always was burning,
And though he was proud
He kept thinking about
All the Bitcoin that he could be earning!
Author: Bjørn B. Nielsen
50
I knew a smart girl who could C,
A Java fanboy she would never be,
To a pointer she wrote
Not an int, but a float
Thus corrupting her binary tree
Author: Bjørn B. Nielsen
51
I was putting my bytes in a cache,
I do it by scripting in Bash,
Got distracted by spouse
I clicked wrong on my mouse
And that caused my computer to crash!
Author: Bjørn B. Nielsen
52
The World Wide Web is a very big place,
You can hardly get through it in days,
But when you’re in Rome
You should never use Chrome
Or your PC will run out of space
Author: Bjørn B. Nielsen
53
Two bits went to lunch for a byte,
Going straight to a restaurant’s site,
Then one of them flipped
In a file that was zipped
The two bits will go hungry tonight.
Author: Bjørn B. Nielsen
54
There are things to be said for React,
When it renders it’s more than a fact,
That a virtual DOM
Makes it faster than some
And with Node it’s a wonderful stack!
Author: Bjørn B. Nielsen
55
I sent a commit to BitBucket
My manager told me to “chuck it”
I refactored my code
So he wouldn’t explode
And I’m hoping he won’t go and pluck it
Author: Darren G
56
package com.edic.verse.limericks;
import com.plex.inscrutable.Tricks;
public class JustInTime {
private String winningRhyme;
public static void main(String[] args) { // fix }
}
Author: Geoff
57
The incredible Wizard of Oz,
Retired from his business becoz.
Due to the new AI science,
To most of his clients,
He wasn’t the Wizard he woz.
Author: kalliga
58
There once was a man who liked coding.
He said, “See the great span loading!”
His name was bob.
He found the corncob.
He just couldn’t say no to the blob.
Author: kalliga
59
There was a man named Bob
Who used to code the bot
But during a break
He made a mistake
What a terrible day for Bob
Author: kalliga

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