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  • by MeerCat (31) on 2000.04.14 12:05 (#127) Homepage Journal
    Here's 20 of my Software - related quotes...

    Those who know that they are profound strive for clarity. Those who would like to seem profound to the crowd strive for obscurity. -- Friedrich Nietzsche

    ... implementations should follow a general principle of robustness: be conservative in what you do, be liberal in what you accept from others.Jon Postel, RFC 761

    The designer of a new kind of system must participate fully in the implementation. ---Donald E. Knuth

    More good code has been written in languages denounced as ``bad'' than in languages proclaimed ``wonderful'' -- much more. ---Bjarne Stroustrup, "The Design and Evolution of C++" (1994)

    I have yet to see any problem, however complicated, which, when you looked at it in the right way, did not become still more complicated. ---Paul Anderson

    There are two ways of constructing a software design. One way is to make it so simple that there are obviously no deficiencies. And the other way is to make it so complicated that there are no obvious deficiencies. ---C.A.R. Hoare

    ... with proper design, the features come cheaply. This approach is arduous, but continues to succeed. ---Dennis Ritchie

    Simple things should be simple and complex things should be possible. ---Alan Kay

    Premature optimization is the root of all evil in programming. ---C.A.R. Hoare

    The key to performance is elegance, not battalions of special cases. The terrible temptation to tweak should be resisted unless the payoff is really noticeable. ---Jon Bentley and Doug McIlroy

    The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne. ---Geoffrey Chaucer

    There are features that should not be used.
    There are concepts that should not be exploited.
    There are problems that should not be solved.
    There are programs that should not be written.---Richard Harter, <>

    Writing code ... is not an exercise in manliness.---Mark Hahn, <>

    The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.---Bertrand Russell

    Luck is the residue of design.---Branch Rickey

    It's hard to read through a book on the principles of magic without glancing at the cover periodically to make sure it isn't a book on software design. ---Bruce Tognazzini

    Programs must be written for people to read, and only incidentally for machines to execute.---Abelson and Sussman

    A language that doesn't have everything is actually easier to program in than some that do. ---Dennis Ritchie