Alan Perlis's Quotes
Biography of Alan Perlis
You can measure a programmer's perspective by noting his attitude on the continuing vitality of FORTRAN.Tags: Attitude, Measure, Programmer
It goes against the grain of modern education to teach students to program. What fun is there to making plans, acquiring discipline, organizing thoughts, devoting attention to detail, and learning to be self critical.Tags: Education, Fun, Learning
Fools ignore complexity. Pragmatists suffer it. Some can avoid it. Geniuses remove it.Tags: Avoid, Fools, Ignore
A year spent in artificial intelligence is enough to make one believe in God.Tags: Enough, God, Science
The best book on programming for the layman is 'Alice in Wonderland'; but that's because it's the best book on anything for the layman.Tags: Alice, Best, Book
I think it is inevitable that people program poorly. Training will not substantially help matters. We have to learn to live with it.Tags: Help, Technology, Training
If you have a procedure with 10 parameters, you probably missed some.Tags: Missed, Parameters, Procedure
In computing, turning the obvious into the useful is a living definition of the word 'frustration'.Tags: Computers, Living, Word
A picture is worth 10K words - but only those to describe the picture. Hardly any sets of 10K words can be adequately described with pictures.Tags: Picture, Words, Worth
A programming language is low level when its programs require attention to the irrelevant.Tags: Attention, Language, Level
Every program has two purposes: The one for which it was written and another for which it wasn't.Tags: Another, Program, Written
In English every word can be verbed. Would that it were so in our programming languages.Tags: English, Languages, Word
Is it possible that software is not like anything else, that it is meant to be discarded: that the whole point is to always see it as a soap bubble?Tags: Else, Point, Whole
It is easier to change the specification to fit the program than vice versa.Tags: Change, Fit, Vice
It is easier to write an incorrect program than understand a correct one.Tags: Correct, Understand, Write
Some programming languages manage to absorb change, but withstand progress.Tags: Change, Languages, Progress
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We toast the Lisp programmer who pens his thoughts within nests of parentheses.Tags: Programmer, Thoughts, Within
Not everyone can come and post on Forbes; it's a very distinguishing factor for us. We vet the folks who come on board.Tags: Board, Everyone, Post
Our content carries the Forbes name, and our whole mantra is to put authoritative journalism at the center of the social media experience.Tags: Experience, Put, Whole
The emergence of Casual Fridays has created a fine line of fashion ion dos and don'ts.Tags: Fashion, Fine, Line