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.
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.
There are two ways to write error-free programs; only the third one works.
Don't have good ideas if you aren't willing to be responsible for them.
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.
In man-machine symbiosis, it is man who must adjust: The machines can't.
Simplicity does not precede complexity, but follows it.
If a listener nods his head when you're explaining your program, wake him up.
Programmers are not to be measured by their ingenuity and their logic but by the completeness of their case analysis.
One man's constant is another man's variable.
C programmers never die. They are just cast into void.
When someone says, "I want a programming language in which I need only say what I want done," give him a lollipop.
It is easier to change the specification to fit the program than vice versa.
A good programming language is a conceptual universe for thinking about programming.
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 software systems it is often the early bird that makes the worm.
Adapting old programs to fit new machines usually means adapting new machines to behave like old ones.
In computing, the mean time to failure keeps getting shorter.
Syntactic sugar causes cancer of the semicolon.
Every program has (at least) two purposes: the one for which it was written and another for which it wasn't.
In English every word can be verbed.
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