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Quote Left Let me tell you a story. The day after Columbine, I was interviewed for the Tom Brokaw news program. The reporter had been assigned a theory and was seeking sound bites to support it. Wouldn't you say, she asked, that killings like this are influenced by violent movies? No, I said, I wouldn't say that. But what about 'Basketball Diaries'? She asked. Doesn't that have a scene of a boy walking into a school with a machine gun? The obscure 1995 Leonardo Di Caprio movie did indeed have a brief fantasy scene of that nature, I said, but the movie failed at the box office, and it's unlikely the Columbine killers saw it. The reporter looked disappointed, so I offered her my theory. Events like this, I said, if they are influenced by anything, are influenced by news programs like your own. When an unbalanced kid walks into a school and starts shooting, it becomes a major media event. Cable news drops ordinary programming and goes around the clock with it. The story is assigned a logo and a theme song; These two kids were packaged as the Trench Coat Mafia. The message is clear to other disturbed kids around the country: If I shoot up my school, I can be famous. The TV will talk about nothing else but me. Experts will try to figure out what I was thinking. The kids and teachers at school will see they shouldn't have messed with me. I'll go out in a blaze of glory. Quote Right
Quote Left We have come through a strange cycle in programming, starting with the creation of programming itself as a human activity. Executives with the tiniest smattering of knowledge assume that anyone can write a program, and only now are programmers beginning to win their battle for recognition as true professionals. Not just anyone, with any background, or any training, can do a fine job of programming. Programmers know this, but then why is it that they think that anyone picked off the street can do documentation? One has only to spend an hour looking at papers written by graduate students to realize the extent to which the ability to communicate is not universally held. And so, when we speak about computer program documentation, we are not speaking about the psychology of computer programming at all - except insofar as programmers have the illusion that anyone can do a good job of documentation, provided he is not smart enough to be a programmer. Quote Right
Quote Left It is practically impossible to teach good programming style to students that have had prior exposure to BASIC; as potential programmers they are mentally mutilated beyond hope of regeneration. Quote Right
Quote Left If we can dispel the delusion that learning about computers should be an activity of fiddling with array indexes and worrying whether X is an integer or a real number, we can begin to focus on programming as a source of ideas. Quote Right
Quote Left An apprentice carpenter may want only a hammer and saw, but a master craftsman employs many precision tools. Computer programming likewise requires sophisticated tools to cope with the complexity of real applications, and only practice with these tools will build skill in their use. Quote Right
Quote Left The secret of living a life of excellence is merely a matter of thinking thoughts of excellence. Really, it's a matter of programming our minds with the kind of information that will set us free. Quote Right
Quote Left As soon as we started programming, we found to our surprise that it wasn't as easy to get programs right as we had thought. Debugging had to be discovered. I can remember the exact instant when I realized that a large part of my life from then on was going to be spent in finding mistakes in my own programs. Quote Right
Quote Left As soon as we started programming, we found out to our surprise that it wasn't as easy to get programs right as we had thought. Debugging had to be discovered. I can remember the exact instant when I realized that a large part of my life from then on was going to be spent in finding mistakes in my own programs. Quote Right
Quote Left BASIC - A programming language. Related to certain social diseases in that those who have it will not admit it in polite company. Quote Right
Quote Left The best book on programming for the layman is Alice in Wonderland but that's because it's the best book on anything for layman. Quote Right
Quote Left LAWS OF COMPUTER PROGRAMMING, VII: Program complexity grows until it exceeds the capabilities of the programmer who must maintain it. Quote Right
Quote Left LAWS OF COMPUTER PROGRAMMING, IX: Undetectable errors are infinite in variety, in contrast to detectable errors, which by definition are limited. Quote Right
Quote Left [End of diatribe. We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming...] Quote Right
Quote Left If debugging is the art of removing bugs, then programming must be the art of inserting them. Quote Right
Quote Left Stroustrup ran to the head monk, exclaiming, 'Master! I have added object-orientation to the C programming language! I have been enlightened!' to which the head monk responded by hitting him on the head with a stick. Quote Right
Quote Left [about programming] 'You often don't really understand the problem until after the first time you implement a solution. The second time, maybe you know enough to do it right. So if you want to get it right, be ready to start over at least once.' Quote Right
Quote Left Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning. Quote Right
Quote Left I skip through the programming to watch the commercials. Quote Right
Quote Left Programming graphics in X is like finding the square root of PI using Roman numerals. Quote Right
Quote Left Documentation: the worst part of programming. Quote Right
Quote Left Goto, n.: A programming tool that exists to allow structured programmers to complain about unstructured programmers. Quote Right
Quote Left Programming today is a race between software engineers stirring to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the universe is winning. Quote Right
Quote Left Programming is like sex one mistake and you have to support it for the rest of your life. Quote Right
Quote Left Every parent in America has the total power to control all television programming that is dispatched to their home today. Quote Right
Quote Left LAWS OF COMPUTER PROGRAMMING, X: Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later. Quote Right
Quote Left The truth of the matter is that window management under X is not yet well understood. Quote Right

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Quote Left life has become a constant mind fuck. we are all busy learning a low level programming language. Quote Right