Alan Perlis Quotes

29 Alan Perlis quotes:

"I think it is inevitable that people program poorly. Training will not substantially help matters. We have to learn to live with it."
"In software systems it is often the early bird that makes the worm."
"A year spent in artificial intelligence is enough to make one believe in God."
Author: Perlis Quotes Category: Science Quotes
"If your computer speaks English, it was probably made in Japan."
"In computing, turning the obvious into the useful is a living definition of the word "frustration"."
"One man's constant is another man's variable."
"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."
"Don't have good ideas if you aren't willing to be responsible for them."
"Computer Science is embarrassed by the computer."
"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."
"Fools ignore complexity. Pragmatists suffer it. Some can avoid it. Geniuses remove it."
Author: Perlis Quotes Category: American Scientist Quotes Complexity Quotes
"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 picture is worth 10K words - but only those to describe the picture. Hardly any sets of 10K words can be adequately described with pictures."
"There are two ways to write error-free programs; only the third one works."
"The computing field is always in need of new cliches."
Author: Perlis Quotes Category: American Scientist Quotes Cliche Quotes
"If a listener nods his head when you're explaining your program, wake him up."
"LISP programmers know the value of everything and the cost of nothing."
"It is easier to write an incorrect program than understand a correct one."

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