Search my Quotes DataBase - Enter one or two keywords and/or author last name.

Hint: keep it simple, like life twain




Facebook share   Tweet This   Email this

Daily Inspiration - Quotes to Live By
Inspiration  |  Motivational Articles  |  Being Strong  |  Being Positive  |  Links  |  About
Topics:   A-   B-   Ca-   Co-   D-   E-   F-   G-   H-    I-    J-K-L   M-   N-O   Pa-   Pr-   Q-R   Sa-   Sk-   T-   U-V-W-X-Y-Z

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

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

Related topics: Technology

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

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

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

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

Please sign-up for my Free Inspirational Daily Email on the form below.

Sign-up for your free subscription to my Daily Inspiration - Daily Quote email.

Your E-Mail Address:
Your Name:

To confirm your subscription, you must click on a link in the email being sent to you.

Each email contains an unsubscribe link. We will NEVER sell, rent, loan, or abuse your email address in ANY way.


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

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

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

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

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

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

Simplicity does not precede complexity,
but follows it.
- 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

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

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

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

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

Computer Science is embarrassed by the computer.
- Alan Perlis

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

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

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

Reading computer manuals without the hardware is as
frustrating as reading manuals without the software.
- Arthur C. Clarke

I just became one with my browser software.
- Bill Griffith

Every piece of software written today is likely going
to infringe on someone else's patent.
- Miguel de Icaza

Shareware tends to combine the worst of commercial
software with the worst of free software.
- Linus Torvalds

People who are really serious about software should make their own hardware.
- Alan Kay

When I write software, I know that it will fail,
either due to my own mistake, or due to some other cause.
- Wietse Venema

Defect-free software does not exist.
- Wietse Venema

Software comes from heaven when you have good hardware.
- Ken Olsen

It's hardware that makes a machine fast.
It's software that makes a fast machine slow.
- Craig Bruce

As a rule, software systems do not work well until they have been used,
and have failed repeatedly, in real applications.
- Dave Parnas

Most people treat the office manual the way they treat a software manual.
They never look at it.
- James Levine

We're entering a new world in which data may be more important than software.
- Tim O'Reilly

Qmail out of the box works fine, so people will want
to use it regardless of licensing restrictions,
even when the software does not ship with their system software.
- Wietse Venema

Writing software that's safe even in the presence of
bugs makes the challenge even more interesting.
- Wietse Venema

All software sucks.
- Alan Cox

I think it is important for software to avoiding imposing
a cognitive style on workers and their work.
- Edward Tufte

So what I was essentially doing was,
I compromised the confidentiality of their proprietary
software to advance my agenda of becoming the best
at breaking through the lock.
- Kevin Mitnick

Any editing, software work, and mail is done in this exported Plan 9.
- Dennis Ritchie

Back in my day, I would probe by hand.
Now you can get commercial software that does the job for you.
- Kevin Mitnick

I really think it is amazing that people actually buy software.
- Bill Budge

You know, IBM was almost knocked out of the box by
other types of computer software and manufacturing.
- Roy Romer

With bundled machines you can throw away the hardware and keep the software,
and it's still a good buy.
- Adam Osborne

Then people started using it more and more and it became
the most downloaded software on the internet.
- Niklas Zennstrom

Software is like sex: it's better when it's free.
- Linus Torvalds

I developed some unique software to public it on the
web that I call the Folklore Project.
- Andy Hertzfeld

Software Engineering might be science;
but that's not what I do.
I'm a hacker, not an engineer.
- Jamie Zawinski

Whether it's Google or Apple or free software,
we've got some fantastic competitors and it keeps us on our toes.
- Bill Gates

The Postfix security model is based on keeping software simple and stupid.
- Wietse Venema

Venture capitalists are like lemmings jumping on the software bandwagon.
- Adam Osborne

Software development is technical activity conducted by human beings.
- Niklaus Wirth

Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later.
- Frederick P. Brooks, Jr.

I have this hope that there is a better way.
Higher-level tools that actually let you see the structure
of the software more clearly will be of tremendous value.
- Guido van Rossum

Interactive computers and software will,
I think, provide a less costly method of doing some kinds of inquiry,
in knowledge acquisition and even reasoning and interaction.
- Roy Romer

Digital art software has empowered both the painterly side of photographers,
and the photographer side of painters.
- Buffy Sainte-Marie

The software patent problem is not limited to Mono.
Software patents affect everyone writing software today.
- Miguel de Icaza

Fighting patents one by one will never eliminate the
danger of software patents,
any more than swatting mosquitoes will eliminate malaria.
- Richard Stallman

Like all software, Qmail can survive only when it keeps
up with changing requirements.
- Wietse Venema

The days when you needed amazing Silicon Graphics machines
to run animation software are gone now.
- Dave Rowntree

If Unix could present the same face,
the same capabilities,
on machines of many different types,
it could serve as a common software environment for all of them.
- Eric S. Raymond

Most of the effort in the software business goes into
the maintenance of code that already exists.
- Wietse Venema

It's probably fair to say that the ratio of time our
Connector developers spend in the debugger versus the
Emacs buffer is higher than with most software.
- Nat Friedman

I want to avoid locking people into solutions that work only with Postfix.
People should have a choice in what software they want to use with Postfix,
be it anti-virus or otherwise.
- Wietse Venema

We've been in the Mac software business for more than 20 years.
And it's been a great business for us.
- Scott Erickson

We also had good software in the key categories and
more focus on the gameplaying capability,
so more of the marketing effort was targeted at game customers.
- Trip Hawkins


Quotes and Sayings

---------


Thank you for visiting: In software systems it is often the early bird that makes the worm. ... by Alan Perlis.

Please sign up on the form below to receive
my Free Daily Inspiration - Daily Quotes email.

You can also search my large collection of Quotes and Sayings.

May the world be kind to you,
and may your own thoughts be gentle upon yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

 


Sign-up to receive Daily Inspiration - Daily Quotes
free via email

Daily inspirational quotes and motivational messages of self-worth, choice,
positive attitude, happiness, forgiveness, and gratitude.
Inspiring motivational sayings plus Jonathan's insights into life,
relationships, and joyful living.

Enter Your E-Mail Address:
Enter Your Name (what you want to be called):
To confirm your subscription, you must click on a link in the email being sent to you.
Each email contains an unsubscribe link. We will NEVER sell, rent, loan, or abuse your email address in ANY way.

Or Subscribe to the Feedburner feed for Daily Inspiration - Daily Quotes.



All materials & writings are copyright ©. You may read about our disclaimer, our privacy policy, our copyright policy, terms of use, participation in affiliate programs, and the list of all our websites.