Original question from Quora:

What’s the most powerful line of code ever written?

My Answer:

There is one line of code that for some reason has had more impact on the world than perhaps any other…

print “Hello World”

Hello world.

I have no idea what it means or how it became the first line of code written in every tutorial for every language ever written ever, but there it is.

Variations of that line of code exist for pretty much everything and if it weren’t for that really tiny starting point, millions of coders around the world might never have become programmers and all kinds of software wouldn’t exist.

So, based on sheer impact worldwide, I’d say that is the most powerful line of code ever written.

-Brian

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