Rasmus Lerdorf's work created the web as we know it, but he doesn't care for coding. "I really don't like programming. I built this tool to program less so that I could just reuse code," he said in 2003.
The tool he mentions is the PHP scripting language used in nearly 80% of all websites.
"I'm not a real programmer. I throw together things until it works then I move on. The real programmers will say 'Yeah it works but you're leaking memory everywhere. Perhaps we should fix that.' I'll just restart Apache every 10 requests," he said.
In a 2002 interview, the Danish-Canadian programmer said this: "PHP is about as exciting as your toothbrush. You use it every day, it does the job, it is a simple tool, so what? Who would want to read about toothbrushes?"
Unlike many starry-eyed San Francisco startups, Lerdorf's project didn't begin with big dreams. "I don't know how to stop it, there was never any intent to write a programming language […] I have absolutely no idea how to write a programming language, I just kept adding the next logical step on the way," he said.
User @woketopus posted Lerdorf's quotes on Twitter, sparking a conversation about successful programmers who find the process of coding unpleasant.