A year spent in artificial intelligence is enough to make one believe in God.
It is better to have 100 functions operate on one data structure than to have 10 functions operate on 10 data structures.
A programming language is low level when its programs require attention to the irrelevant.
To understand a program, you must become both the machine and the program.
Fools ignore complexity. Pragmatists suffer it. Some can avoid it. Geniuses remove it.
A language that doesn't affect the way you think about programming is not worth knowing.
There are two ways to write error-free programs; only the third one works.
Every program has (at least) two purposes: the one for which it was written and another for which it wasn't.
I think it is inevitable that people program poorly. Training will not substantially help matters. We have to learn to live with it.
Programmers are not to be measured by their ingenuity and their logic but by the completeness of their case analysis.
In software systems it is often the early bird that makes the worm.
Simplicity does not precede complexity, but follows it.
In the long run, every program becomes rococo, and then rubble.
Motto for a research laboratory: what we work on today, others will first think of tomorrow.
When a professor insists computer science is X but not Y, have compassion for his graduate students.
Don't have good ideas if you aren't willing to be responsible for them.
It is easier to change the specification to fit the program than vice versa.
Dealing with failure is easy: Work hard to improve. Success is also easy to handle: You've solved the wrong problem. Work hard to improve.
In English every word can be verbed.
Optimization hinders evolution. Everything should be built top-down, except the first time. Simplicity does not precede complexity, but follows it.
You can measure a programmer's perspective by noting his attitude on the continuing vitality of FORTRAN.
One man's constant is another man's variable.
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.
If your computer speaks English, it was probably made in Japan.
If you have a procedure with 10 parameters, you probably missed some.
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