Alan Perlis Quotes

29 Alan Perlis quotes:

"A programming language is low level when its programs require attention to the irrelevant."
"It is easier to change the specification to fit the program than vice versa."
"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?"
"Simplicity does not precede complexity, but follows it."
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"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."
"Some programming languages manage to absorb change, but withstand progress."
"Syntactic sugar causes cancer of the semicolon."
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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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"When someone says "I want a programming language in which I need only say what I wish done," give him a lollipop."

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