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"The designer of a new kind of system must participate fully in the implementation."
- Donald E. Knuth

"... the designer of a new system must not only be the implementor and the first large-scale user; the designer should also write the first user manual. ... If I had not participated fully in all these activities, literally hundreds of improvements would never have been made, because I would never have thought of them or perceived why they were important."
- Donald E. Knuth
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"Every large system that works started as a small system that worked. "
- Anonymous - You can't design and build a big system and expect it to work. You have to grow it from a smaller version that works.
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"Object Motto: Ask not first what the system does: As what it does it to!"
- Bertrand Meyer, Object-Oriented Software Construction (Book/CD-ROM) (2nd Edition) by Bertrand Meyer , ISBN: 0136291554
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"Real systems have no top."
- Bertrand Meyer, Object-Oriented Software Construction (Book/CD-ROM) (2nd Edition) by Bertrand Meyer , ISBN: 0136291554
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"The focus on external interfaces is inevitable in a method that asks "What will the system do for the end user?" s the key question: the answer will tend to emphasize the most external aspects."
- Bertrand Meyer, Object-Oriented Software Construction (Book/CD-ROM) (2nd Edition) by Bertrand Meyer , ISBN: 0136291554
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"A software system should be like a Mozart symphony: Perfection at all levels."
- Bjarne Däcker

"...the organization chart will initially reflect the first system design, which is almost surely not the right one [...] as one learns, he changes the design [...]. Management structures also need to be changed as the system changes..."
- Frederick P. Brooks, The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering, Anniversary Edition (2nd Edition) by Frederick P. Brooks , ISBN: 0201835959
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"If a project has not achieved a system architecture, including its rationale, the project should not proceed to full-scale system development. Specifying the architecture as a deliverable enables its use throughout the development and maintenance process."
- Barry Boehm

"The best way to prepare [to be a programmer] is to write programs, and to study great programs that other people have written. In my case, I went to the garbage cans at the Computer Science Center and I fished out listings of their operating systems."
- Bill Gates - OS/2 Notebook, 1990, p. 614

"The programmer's primary weapon in the never-ending battle against slow system is to change the intramodular structure. Our first response should be to reorganize the modules' data structures."
- Frederick P. Brooks, Code Complete: A Practical Handbook of Software Construction by Steve C McConnell , ISBN: 1556154844 , Page: 38
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"A distributed system is one in which the failure of a computer you didn't even know existed can render your own computer unusable."
- Leslie Lamport

"If you don't have a good system, make sure you get good users."
- Anonymous
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"Companies should make their own enterprise systems as often as network security companies should manufacture their own aspirin."
- Phil Simon

 
  
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