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.
In the long run, every program becomes rococo, and then rubble.
Adapting old programs to fit new machines usually means adapting new machines to behave like old ones.
Fools ignore complexity. Pragmatists suffer it. Some can avoid it. Geniuses remove it.
A programming language is low level when its programs require attention to the irrelevant.
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.
If a listener nods his head when you're explaining your program, wake him up.
A language that doesn't affect the way you think about programming is not worth knowing.
To understand a program, you must become both the machine and the program.
C programmers never die. They are just cast into void.
Every program has (at least) two purposes: the one for which it was written and another for which it wasn't.
One man's constant is another man's variable.
Programmers are not to be measured by their ingenuity and their logic but by the completeness of their case analysis.
Simplicity does not precede complexity, but follows it.
In man-machine symbiosis, it is man who must adjust: The machines can't.
Syntactic sugar causes cancer of the semicolon.
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 computing, the mean time to failure keeps getting shorter.
In software systems it is often the early bird that makes the worm.
I think it is inevitable that people program poorly. Training will not substantially help matters. We have to learn to live with it.
When a professor insists computer science is X but not Y, have compassion for his graduate students.
In English every word can be verbed.
Motto for a research laboratory: what we work on today, others will first think of tomorrow.
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