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20 Mega Quotes From Alan Perlis

20 Mega Quotes From Alan Perlis
20 Mega Quotes From Alan Perlise

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

Alan Perlis

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

Alan Perlis

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

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

Alan Perlis

Simplicity does not precede complexity, but follows it.

Simplicity does not precede complexity, but follows it.

Alan Perlis

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

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

Alan Perlis

One man's constant is another man's variable.

One man's constant is another man's variable.

Alan Perlis

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Alan Perlis

LISP programmers know the value of everything and the cost of nothing.

LISP programmers know the value of everything and the cost of nothing.

Alan Perlis

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

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

Alan Perlis

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

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

Alan Perlis

In computing, turning the obvious into the useful is a living definition of the word 'frustration'.

In computing, turning the obvious into the useful is a living definition of the word 'frustration'.

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.

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

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

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

Alan Perlis

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

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

Alan Perlis

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

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

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?

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

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

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

Alan Perlis

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

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

Alan Perlis

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