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Edsger Dijkstra Quotes

10 Edsger Dijkstra quotes:

"APL is a mistake, carried through to perfection. It is the language of the future for the programming techniques of the past: it creates a new generation of coding bums."
"The use of COBOL cripples the mind; its teaching should, therefore, be regarded as a criminal offense."
"If in physics there's something you don't understand, you can always hide behind the uncharted depths of nature. You can always blame God. You didn't make it so complex yourself. But if your program doesn't work, there is no one to hide behind. You cannot hide behind an obstinate nature. If it doesn't work, you've messed up."
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"Progress is possible only if we train ourselves to think about programs without thinking of them as pieces of executable code."
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"The question of whether a computer can think is no more interesting than the question of whether a submarine can swim."
"The effort of using machines to mimic the human mind has always struck me as rather silly. I would rather use them to mimic something better."
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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."
"Object-oriented programming is an exceptionally bad idea which could only have originated in California."
"Computer science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes."
"Program testing can be used to show the presence of bugs, but never to show their absence!"

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