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Niklaus Wirth Quotes

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Programming is usually taught by examples.
- Niklaus Wirth

Program construction consists of a sequence of refinement steps.
- Niklaus Wirth

In the practical world of computing,
it is rather uncommon that a program,
once it performs correctly and satisfactorily,
remains unchanged forever.
- Niklaus Wirth

I have never designed a language for its own sake.
- Niklaus Wirth

 

My duty as a teacher is to train, educate future programmers.
- Niklaus Wirth

Software development is technical activity conducted by human beings.
- Niklaus Wirth

A good designer must rely on experience,
on precise, logic thinking; and on pedantic exactness.
No magic will do.
- Niklaus Wirth

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But active programming consists of the design of new programs,
rather than contemplation of old programs.
- Niklaus Wirth

It is evidently necessary to generate and test candidates
for solutions in some systematic manner.
- Niklaus Wirth

The idea that one might derive satisfaction from his or her successful work,
because that work is ingenious, beautiful,
or just pleasing, has become ridiculed.
- Niklaus Wirth

Indeed, the woes of Software Engineering are not due to lack of tools,
or proper management, but largely due to lack of sufficient technical competence.
- Niklaus Wirth

My being a teacher had a decisive influence on making
language and systems as simple as possible so that in my teaching,
I could concentrate on the essential issues of programming
rather than on details of language and notation.
- Niklaus Wirth

Our ultimate goal is extensible programming (EP).
By this, we mean the construction of hierarchies of modules,
each module adding new functionality to the system.
- Niklaus Wirth

Yet, I am convinced that there is a need for high quality software,
and the time will come when it will be recognized that
it is worth investing effort in its development and in using a careful,
structured approach based on safe, structured languages.
- Niklaus Wirth

The possible solutions to a given problem emerge as the leaves of a tree,
each node representing a point of deliberation and decision.
- Niklaus Wirth

Clearly, programming courses should teach methods of design and construction,
and the selected examples should be such that a gradual
development can be nicely demonstrated.
- Niklaus Wirth

Many people tend to look at programming styles and
languages like religions:
if you belong to one,
you cannot belong to others.
But this analogy is another fallacy.
- Niklaus Wirth

Nevertheless, I consider OOP as an aspect of programming in the large;
that is,
as an aspect that logically follows programming in
the small and requires sound knowledge of procedural programming.
- Niklaus Wirth

Experience shows that the success of a programming
course critically depends on the choice of these examples.
- Niklaus Wirth

But quality of work can be expected only through personal satisfaction,
dedication and enjoyment.
In our profession, precision and perfection are not a dispensible luxury,
but a simple necessity.
- Niklaus Wirth

Usually its users discover sooner or later that their
program does not deliver all the desired results,
or worse, that the results requested were not the ones really needed.
- Niklaus Wirth

I find languages that support just one programming paradigm constraining.
- Bjarne Stroustrup

Drama or comedy programming is still the surest way
for advertisers to reach a mass audience.
Once that changes, all bets are off.
- Dick Wolf

I also love Mole, the unsung hero of reality programming.
- Kathy Griffin

The demand for standup in the eighties was created
by how easy it was to exploit 'comedians' and create
very cheap television programming.
- Marc Maron

I have been an unabashed fan of NPR for many years,
and have stolen untold excellent ideas from its programming.
- Ted Koppel

The heart and soul of network programming is series programming,
the weekly repetition of characters you like having in your house.
- Dick Wolf

I loved logic, math, computer programming.
I loved systems and logic approaches.
And so I just figured architecture is this perfect combination.
- Maya Lin

What I was proud of was that I used very few parts
to build a computer that could actually speak words
on a screen and type words on a keyboard and run a
programming language that could play games.
And I did all this myself.
- Steve Wozniak

In college, before video games, we would amuse ourselves
by posing programming exercises.
- Ken Thompson

If you think about computer programming,
it's as antisocial as it gets.
- Shawn Fanning

I worked with such concentration and focus and I had
hundreds of obscure engineering or programming things in my head.
I was just real exceptional in that way.
- Steve Wozniak

Object-oriented programming is an exceptionally bad
idea which could only have originated in California.
- Edsger Dijkstra

With .NET once an API is published it's available to
all programming languages at the same time.
- Miguel de Icaza

I don't have any focus groups on talent and programming.
If I need five people in a mall to be paid $40 to tell me how to do my job,
I shouldn't do my job.
- Roger Ailes

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.
- Alan Perlis

I skip through the programming to watch the commercials.
- Mel Karmazin

I'm thinking of going to programming school.
Learn how to sit down at any computer and learn to do anything on it.
That's all I have left and have interest in.
- Marc Wallice

A programming language is for thinking about programs,
not for expressing programs you've already thought of.
It should be a pencil, not a pen.
- Paul Graham

Programming is one of the most difficult branches of applied mathematics;
the poorer mathematicians had better remain pure mathematicians.
- Edsger Dijkstra

Yeah, computers are going to take over the programming
business because they have become so fast recently
that they can solve the Halting Problem in five seconds flat.
- Craig Bruce

We're not programming to conservatives.
We're just not eliminating their point of view.
- Roger Ailes

'Programming' is a four-letter word.
- Craig Bruce

However, when Java is promoted as the sole programming language,
its flaws and limitations become serious.
- Bjarne Stroustrup

Yeah, I'm very impressed with Lifetime,
this is the first time I've worked with them.
I really like the kind of programming that they're into,
so I'm hoping that I will.
- Beau Bridges

Most good programmers do programming not because they
expect to get paid or get adulation by the public,
but because it is fun to program.
- Linus Torvalds

The agendas on the management side of the table now
are not in sync like they used to be because you have
vastly different entities supplying programming to networks.
- Dick Wolf

A programming language is low level when its programs
require attention to the irrelevant.
- Alan Perlis

When The Muppet Show ended, we all sat around and said,
what kind of television show would we like to do.
We felt the need these days are for some quality children's programming.
- Jim Henson

There was something amazingly enticing about programming.
- Vinton Cerf

Low-level programming is good for the programmer's soul.
- John Carmack

I remember growing up with television,
from the time it was just a test pattern,
with maybe a little bit of programming once in a while.
- Francis Ford Coppola

My background is in hardware design.
I found hardware work to be a welcome change from thousands
of hours of programming and that led to the designs you mentioned.
- David Crane

We spend too much time fretting over the way the industry produces programming,
and too little worrying about the way the public consumes it.
- Michael Medved

Between rounds of speed chess I read enough of a programming
manual to teach myself to write programs on the school's
DEC mainframe in the language Basic.
- Eric Allin Cornell

Every parent in America has the total power to control
all television programming that is dispatched to their home today.
- Jack Valenti

We were grooving, at that point, in the same direction,
but remember, Roy Hamilton and myself were going into
a path and a direction that had no programming.
- Solomon Burke

In English every word can be verbed.
Would that it were so in our programming languages.
- Alan Perlis

Gates is the ultimate programming machine.
He believes everything can be defined,
examined, reduced to essentials, and rearranged into
a logical sequence that will achieve a particular goal.
- Stewart Alsop

I don't think there is enough educational programming,
but unfortunately, television is built around advertising
and those shows don't get the big ratings.
- Will McDonough

After graduating in 1973 I went into the programming field.
- W. Richard Stevens

It's been quite a 'pattern interrupt',
a massive change of the old programming.
- Kenny Loggins

Somebody gave me this drum machine and somebody else
asked me to program something for a project.
I really liked programming and I was really interested
in using the drum machine.
- Ikue Mori

Some programming languages manage to absorb change,
but withstand progress.
- Alan Perlis

APL is a mistake, carried through to perfection.
It is the language of the future for the programming techniques of the past:
it creates a new generation of coding bums.
- Edsger Dijkstra

Our legislation addresses broadcasts over the public airwaves,
but I hope the cable and satellite industries see the
importance of this issue and voluntarily create a family
tier of programming and offer culturally responsible products.
- Charles W. Pickering

We still have a tradition certainly in English television;
it's faded a bit in the last five years,
but we still have a tradition where the important thing
is the quality and the challenging nature of the programming.
- Rowan Atkinson

To devise an information processing system capable
of getting along on its own -
it must handle its own problems of programming,
bookkeeping, communication and coordination with its users.
It must appear to its users as a single,
integrated personality.
- Cliff Shaw

Television has certain imperatives that CNN had the
luxury of ignoring for a long period of time.
CNN could take the position that the news would be the star,
because in most of the programming day,
they were the only all-news operation on the air.
- Brit Hume

The most important precedents deal with the whole idea
of symbolic programming -
the notion of setting up symbolic expressions that
can represent anything one wants,
and then having functions that operate on both their structure and content.
- Stephen Wolfram

In my daily work, I work on very large,
complex, distributed systems built out of many Python modules and packages.
The focus is very similar to what you find,
for example, in Java and, in general,
in systems programming languages.
- Guido van Rossum


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