HARLAN D. MILLS

 
An interactive debugger is an outstanding example of what is not needed - it encourages trial-and-error hacking rather than systematic design, and also hides marginal people barely qualified for precision programming.
- Harlan D. Mills, Code Complete: A Practical Handbook of Software Construction by Steve C McConnell , ISBN: 1556154844 , Page: 646
Programming is similar to a game of golf. The point is not getting the ball in the hole but how many strokes it takes.
- Harlan D. Mills
The only way for errors to occur in a program is by being put there by the author. No other mechanisms are known. Programs can't acquire bugs by sitting around with other buggy programs. Right practice aims at preventing insertion of errors and, failing that, removing them before testing or any other running of the program.
- Harlan D. Mills
Programming is similar to a game of golf. The point is not getting the ball in the hole but how many strokes it takes.
- Harlan D. Mills