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A programming language is low level when its programs
by Alan Perlis

A programming language is low level when its programs
require attention to the irrelevant.
- Alan Perlis

In software systems it is often the early bird that makes the worm.
- Alan Perlis

If your computer speaks English, it was probably made in Japan.
- Alan Perlis

In computing, turning the obvious into the useful is
a living definition of the word "frustration".
- Alan Perlis

 

A year spent in artificial intelligence is enough to make one believe in God.
- Alan Perlis

I think it is inevitable that people program poorly.
Training will not substantially help matters.
We have to learn to live with it.
- Alan Perlis

You can measure a programmer's perspective by noting
his attitude on the continuing vitality of FORTRAN.
- Alan Perlis

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Some programming languages manage to absorb change,
but withstand progress.
- Alan Perlis

LISP programmers know the value of everything and the cost of nothing.
- Alan Perlis

The best book on programming for the layman is "Alice in Wonderland";
but that's because it's the best book on anything for the layman.
- Alan Perlis

The computing field is always in need of new cliches.
- Alan Perlis

If a listener nods his head when you're explaining your program,
wake him up.
- Alan Perlis

Is it possible that software is not like anything else,
that it is meant to be discarded: that the whole point
is to always see it as a soap bubble?
- Alan Perlis

If you have a procedure with 10 parameters,
you probably missed some.
- Alan Perlis

We toast the Lisp programmer who pens his thoughts
within nests of parentheses.
- Alan Perlis

Simplicity does not precede complexity,
but follows it.
- Alan Perlis

Fools ignore complexity.
Pragmatists suffer it.
Some can avoid it.
Geniuses remove it.
- Alan Perlis

A picture is worth 10K words - but only those to describe the picture.
Hardly any sets of 10K words can be adequately described with pictures.
- Alan Perlis

It is easier to change the specification to fit the program than vice versa.
- Alan Perlis

Every program has two purposes: The one for which it
was written and another for which it wasn't.
- Alan Perlis

Don't have good ideas if you aren't willing to be responsible for them.
- Alan Perlis

Computer Science is embarrassed by the computer.
- Alan Perlis

There are two ways to write error-free programs;
only the third one works.
- Alan Perlis

In English every word can be verbed.
Would that it were so in our programming languages.
- Alan Perlis

It is easier to write an incorrect program than understand a correct one.
- Alan Perlis

One man's constant is another man's variable.
- Alan Perlis

It goes against the grain of modern education to teach students to program.
What fun is there to making plans, acquiring discipline,
organizing thoughts, devoting attention to detail,
and learning to be self critical.
- Alan Perlis

Low-level programming is good for the programmer's soul.
- John Carmack

However, when Java is promoted as the sole programming language,
its flaws and limitations become serious.
- Bjarne Stroustrup

If you think about computer programming,
it's as antisocial as it gets.
- Shawn Fanning

Programming is usually taught by examples.
- Niklaus Wirth

The agendas on the management side of the table now
are not in sync like they used to be because you have
vastly different entities supplying programming to networks.
- Dick Wolf

I loved logic, math, computer programming.
I loved systems and logic approaches.
And so I just figured architecture is this perfect combination.
- Maya Lin

A programming language is for thinking about programs,
not for expressing programs you've already thought of.
It should be a pencil, not a pen.
- Paul Graham

I don't have any focus groups on talent and programming.
If I need five people in a mall to be paid $40 to tell me how to do my job,
I shouldn't do my job.
- Roger Ailes

I'm thinking of going to programming school.
Learn how to sit down at any computer and learn to do anything on it.
That's all I have left and have interest in.
- Marc Wallice

It's been quite a 'pattern interrupt',
a massive change of the old programming.
- Kenny Loggins

The demand for standup in the eighties was created
by how easy it was to exploit 'comedians' and create
very cheap television programming.
- Marc Maron

I have been an unabashed fan of NPR for many years,
and have stolen untold excellent ideas from its programming.
- Ted Koppel

When The Muppet Show ended, we all sat around and said,
what kind of television show would we like to do.
We felt the need these days are for some quality children's programming.
- Jim Henson

In college, before video games, we would amuse ourselves
by posing programming exercises.
- Ken Thompson

Clearly, programming courses should teach methods of design and construction,
and the selected examples should be such that a gradual
development can be nicely demonstrated.
- Niklaus Wirth

But active programming consists of the design of new programs,
rather than contemplation of old programs.
- Niklaus Wirth

I worked with such concentration and focus and I had
hundreds of obscure engineering or programming things in my head.
I was just real exceptional in that way.
- Steve Wozniak

What I was proud of was that I used very few parts
to build a computer that could actually speak words
on a screen and type words on a keyboard and run a
programming language that could play games.
And I did all this myself.
- Steve Wozniak

APL is a mistake, carried through to perfection.
It is the language of the future for the programming techniques of the past:
it creates a new generation of coding bums.
- Edsger Dijkstra

Yeah, I'm very impressed with Lifetime,
this is the first time I've worked with them.
I really like the kind of programming that they're into,
so I'm hoping that I will.
- Beau Bridges

There was something amazingly enticing about programming.
- Vinton Cerf

I find languages that support just one programming paradigm constraining.
- Bjarne Stroustrup

I skip through the programming to watch the commercials.
- Mel Karmazin

Many people tend to look at programming styles and
languages like religions:
if you belong to one,
you cannot belong to others.
But this analogy is another fallacy.
- Niklaus Wirth

I also love Mole, the unsung hero of reality programming.
- Kathy Griffin

Programming is one of the most difficult branches of applied mathematics;
the poorer mathematicians had better remain pure mathematicians.
- Edsger Dijkstra

I remember growing up with television,
from the time it was just a test pattern,
with maybe a little bit of programming once in a while.
- Francis Ford Coppola

I don't think there is enough educational programming,
but unfortunately, television is built around advertising
and those shows don't get the big ratings.
- Will McDonough

Object-oriented programming is an exceptionally bad
idea which could only have originated in California.
- Edsger Dijkstra

After graduating in 1973 I went into the programming field.
- W. Richard Stevens

We were grooving, at that point, in the same direction,
but remember, Roy Hamilton and myself were going into
a path and a direction that had no programming.
- Solomon Burke

Yeah, computers are going to take over the programming
business because they have become so fast recently
that they can solve the Halting Problem in five seconds flat.
- Craig Bruce

Drama or comedy programming is still the surest way
for advertisers to reach a mass audience.
Once that changes, all bets are off.
- Dick Wolf

Experience shows that the success of a programming
course critically depends on the choice of these examples.
- Niklaus Wirth

Somebody gave me this drum machine and somebody else
asked me to program something for a project.
I really liked programming and I was really interested
in using the drum machine.
- Ikue Mori

The heart and soul of network programming is series programming,
the weekly repetition of characters you like having in your house.
- Dick Wolf

With .NET once an API is published it's available to
all programming languages at the same time.
- Miguel de Icaza

Gates is the ultimate programming machine.
He believes everything can be defined,
examined, reduced to essentials, and rearranged into
a logical sequence that will achieve a particular goal.
- Stewart Alsop

Most good programmers do programming not because they
expect to get paid or get adulation by the public,
but because it is fun to program.
- Linus Torvalds

Between rounds of speed chess I read enough of a programming
manual to teach myself to write programs on the school's
DEC mainframe in the language Basic.
- Eric Allin Cornell

Every parent in America has the total power to control
all television programming that is dispatched to their home today.
- Jack Valenti

We spend too much time fretting over the way the industry produces programming,
and too little worrying about the way the public consumes it.
- Michael Medved

We're not programming to conservatives.
We're just not eliminating their point of view.
- Roger Ailes

Our ultimate goal is extensible programming (EP).
By this, we mean the construction of hierarchies of modules,
each module adding new functionality to the system.
- Niklaus Wirth


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