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I was just reading a paper on porting systems and it included these two quotes by famous computer scientists.

Thought I would share here. I love the 1st one! And I have some experience to prove he's correct. :D

 

"Debugging is twice as hard as writing the code in the first place.

Therefore, if you write the code as cleverly as possible, you are,

by definition, not smart enough to debug it." (Brian Kernighan)

 

"The competent programmer is fully aware of the strictly limited size of his own skull;

therefore he approaches the programming task in full humility, and among other things

he avoids clever tricks like the plague." (Edsger Dijkstra)

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"Subtract complexity, addresses lightness" (or something like that)

Charles Moore

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Il semble que la perfection soit atteinte non quand il n'y a plus rien à ajouter, mais quand il n'y a plus rien à retrancher. - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

 

or in English:

"Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away"

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People love complicated stuff, no one was ever fascinated with a Crescent Wrench.

 

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Il semble que la perfection soit atteinte non quand il n'y a plus rien à ajouter, mais quand il n'y a plus rien à retrancher. - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

 

or in English:

"Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away"

This is great!

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Modify Until No Good: MUNG

 

It's kinda like that pasta dish that didn't come out right from the very beginning. You keep adding spices and butter and toppings and cheese till it becomes a horrid mess. Then start over after 2 hours wasted time.

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If debugging is the process of removing software bugs, then programming must be the process of putting them in.- Edsger Dijkstra

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"Forth is truth"

Mark Wills (I literally just said it just now. Okay it's not famous but from small acorns...)

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"I invented the term 'Object-Oriented', and I can tell you I did not have C++ in mind."

- Alan Kay

Oh I like that one a lot!

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"Forth is truth"

Mark Wills (I literally just said it just now. Okay it's not famous but from small acorns...)

Lol. It sounds Friday evening has started in Uk.😄

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"It is practically impossible to teach good programming to students that have had a prior exposure to BASIC as potential programmers.

They are mentally mutilated beyond hope of regeneration."

Edsger W. Dijkstra

 

 

As demonstrated by many people here, it's not impossible, but this statement emphasizes the point that the BASIC language paradigm

​alters the perspective of programming enough that you must fight hard against it to learn a new programming language model

 

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Why did the chicken cross the road?

Because there was a TI99/4A with games in the other side.
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Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler. --Albert Einstein

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. --Leonardo da Vinci

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Why did the chicken cross the road?

 

Because I was pushing up on the joystick while playing freeway on my 2600?

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