Program testing can be used to show the presence of bugs, but never to show their absence!
- Edsger Dijkstra - [1972]Quoted in More Programming Pearls, Column 6: Bumper-Sticker Computer Science Quoted in More Programming Pearls, Column 6: Bumper-Sticker Computer Science
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
Computer science education cannot make anybody an expert programmer any more than studying brushes and pigment can make somebody an expert painter.
- Eric Raymond
Any problem in computer science can be solved with another layer of indirection.
- David Wheeler - David Wheeler was chief programmer for the EDSAC project in the early 1950s.
How I hated UNIX back in the seventies - that devilish accumulator of data trash, obscurer of function, enemy of the user! If anyone had told me back then that getting back to embarrassingly primitive UNIX would be the great hope and investment obsession of the year 2000, merely because it's name was changed to LINUX and its source code was opened up again, I never would have had the stomach or the heart to continue in computer science.
- Jaron Lanier - From his essay 'One Half a Manifesto', published at