Wednesday, December 17, 2003

Epigrams in Programming

These quotes from Alan J Perlis seem to have been around for a while, but I'd never seen them. I tracked them down after reading
19. A language that doesn't affect the way you think about programming, is not worth knowing.
in the Nice manual. Others that spring out from the list:
31. Simplicity does not precede complexity, but follows it.

58. Fools ignore complexity. Pragmatists suffer it. Some can avoid it. Geniuses remove it.

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

104. The proof of a system's value is its existence.

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