Alan Perlis Quotes

29 Alan Perlis quotes:

"A year spent in artificial intelligence is enough to make one believe in God."
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"A picture is worth 10K words - but only those to describe the picture. Hardly any sets of 10K words can be adequately described with pictures."
"Simplicity does not precede complexity, but follows it."
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"In a 5 year period we get one superb programming language - only we can't control when the 5 year period will begin."
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"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."
"If you have a procedure with 10 parameters, you probably missed some."
"It is easier to change the specification to fit the program than vice versa."
"I think it is inevitable that people program poorly. Training will not substantially help matters. We have to learn to live with it."
"The string is a stark data structure and everywhere it is passed there is much duplication of process. It is a perfect vehicle for hiding information."
"Computer Science is embarrassed by the computer."
"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?"
"One man's constant is another man's variable."
"We toast the Lisp programmer who pens his thoughts within nests of parentheses."
"You can measure a programmer's perspective by noting his attitude on the continuing vitality of FORTRAN."
"A programming language is low level when its programs require attention to the irrelevant."
"Some programming languages manage to absorb change, but withstand progress."
"If your computer speaks English, it was probably made in Japan."
"Syntactic sugar causes cancer of the semicolon."
Author: Perlis Quotes Category: Cancer Quotes
"Don't have good ideas if you aren't willing to be responsible for them."
"There are two ways to write error-free programs; only the third one works."

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