Questions tagged [quotations]

DO NOT USE, or first read “Discuss this ${blog}” (http://meta.programmers.stackexchange.com/q/6417). Originally meant for questions about what influential or famous people have said about programming.

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Torvalds' quote about good programmer [closed]

Accidentally I've stumbled upon the following quote by Linus Torvalds: "Bad programmers worry about the code. Good programmers worry about data structures and their relationships." I've thought ...
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What did Bill Gosper mean by saying a data structure is just a stupid programming language? [closed]

There's a quotation by Ralph William Gosper, Jr that says: A data structure is just a stupid programming language. What did he mean by this? Alas, all I can find in Google about it is relentless ...
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What does the Jamie Zawinski's quotation about regular expressions mean? [duplicate]

In a message to comp.emacs.xemacs, Jamie Zawinski once said: Some people, when confronted with a problem, think "I know, I'll use regular expressions." Now they have two problems. I've always had ...
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What did Linus Torvalds mean by his quotation about portability? [closed]

In a debate with Andrew Tanenbaum over microkernel vs. monolithic operating system architecture, Linus Torvalds said, Portability is for people who cannot write new programs. What did he mean by ...
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What did Alan Perlis mean regarding the ways to write error-free programs? [closed]

There's a quotation by Alan J. Perlis that says: There are two ways to write error-free programs; only the third one works. I recently heard this quote from my friend, and was unable to understand ...
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What's your favourite quote about programming? [closed]

What's your favourite quote about programming? One quote per answer, and please check for duplicates before posting!