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Computer Science Quotes:

  • “The programmer, like the poet, works only slightly removed from pure thought-stuff. He builds castles in the air, from air, creating by exertion of the imagination. […] Yet the program construct, unlike the poet’s words, is real in the sense that it moves and works, producing visible outputs separate from the construct itself. […] The magic of myth and legend has come true in our time. One types the correct incantation on a keyboard, and a display screen comes to life, showing things that never were nor could be.” – Fred Brooks
  • “For every complex problem, there is a solution that is simple, neat, and wrong.” – H. L. Mencken
  • “Inside every well-written large program is a well-written small program.” – C. A. R. Hoare
  • “Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the universe trying to build bigger and better idiots. So far, the universe is winning.” – Robert Cringely
  • “Beware of bugs in the above code; I have only proved it correct, not tried it.” – Donald Knuth
  • “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 W. Kernighan
  • “Premature optimization is the root of all evil.” – Donald E. Knuth
  • “We follow two rules in the matter of optimization: (1) Don’t do it. (2) (for experts only) Don’t do it yet.” – M. A. Jackson
  • “The C Programming Language – A language which combines the power and flexibility of assembly language with the ease of use of assembly language.” – Unknown
  • “Any person can invent a security system so clever that she or he can’t think of how to break it.” – Bruce Schneier (“Schneier’s Law”)

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