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Friday May 30, 2003
09:43 AM

Friday Trivia #37

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It's Friday Trivia Time! Time for a little computer-geek trivia.

Most of us know the expression, "Premature optimization is the root of all evil."

For 10 Trivia Points, who originally said this?

No Google. Good luck.

Update: ziggy got it! 10 Trivia Points for ziggy!

Answer: C.A.R. Hoare

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  • I used to work with his son Ben at GEC in Coventry many years ago. At least if its the answer I think it is. Bit of a bright spark, wonder what he's doing these days. Ben that is, as I think his dad is still lecturing at Oxford. Time for a Friends Reunited lookup this evening :)
  • I believe the full quote is Premature optimization is the root of all evil in programming.

    Originally stated by C. A. R. Hoare, and popularized by Donald E. Knuth.

    • You are correct sir. Congrats!
      • I don't remember him for the quote, but I do remember him for quicksort (or qsort as it was referred by programmers). It was quite a while before Ben drop that little tidbit into conversation. Respect was due, and I do remember him getting rather drunk as a consequence. Probably why he told us :)