Thursday, December 04, 2008

Great Dijkstra quotes

Taken from his Dijkstra's interview video

  • Computer science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes.
  • The competent programmer is fully aware of the limited size of his own skull. He therefore approaches his task in full humility and avoids clever tricks like the plague.
  • We should not introduce errors through sloppiness but systematically keep them out.
  • Program testing can convincingly show the presence of bugs but it is hopelessly inadequate to show their absence.
  • Elegance is not a dispensable luxury but a factor that decides between success and failure (is it about Scala ?).
Its a nice video which also explains well why Alan Kay said that arrogance in CS is measured by nano-Dijkstras.


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