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By Anonym 13 Sep

Erik Naggum

C being what it is lacks support for multiple return values, so the notion that it is meaningful to pass pointers to memory objects into which any random function may write random values without having a clue where they point, has not been debunked as the sheer idiocy it really is.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Erik Naggum

Well, take it from an old hand: the only reason it would be easier to program in C is that you can't easily express complex problems in C, so you don't.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Erik Naggum

Would you buy a book proudly stating on the cover that its reader is a dummy? Or would you think "of course it's ironic"?

By Anonym 15 Sep

Erik Naggum

The purpose of human existence is to learn and to understand as much as we can of what came before us, so we can further the sum total of human knowledge in our life.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erik Naggum

Getting C programmers to understand that they cause the computer to do less than minimum is intractable. … Ask him why he thinks he should be able to get away with unsafe code, core dumps, viruses, buffer overruns, undetected errors, etc., just because he wants speed.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Erik Naggum

Just getting something to work usually means writing reams of code fast, like a Stephen King novel, but making it maintainable and high-quality code that really expresses the ideas well, is like writing poetry. Art is taking away.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Erik Naggum

Optimization is generally detrimental to future success, but it is the only way to accomplish present success in competition with others who are equally interested in short-term results.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erik Naggum

I guess there are some things that are so gross you just have to forget, or it'll destroy something within you. Perl is the first such thing I have known.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Erik Naggum

You become a serious programmer by going through a stage where you are fully aware of the degree to which you know the specification, meaning both the explicit and the tacit specification of your language and of your problem. "Hey, it works most of the time" is the very antithesis of a serious programmer, and certain languages can only support code like that.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erik Naggum

If you want to know why Lisp doesn't win around you, find a mirror.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Erik Naggum

We have no mom-and-pop oil rigs in Norway.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Erik Naggum

Life is hard, and then you die.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erik Naggum

Contrary to the foolish notion that syntax is immaterial, people optimize the way they express themselves, and so express themselves differently with different syntaxes.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erik Naggum

Counting lines is probably a good idea if you want to print it out and are short on paper, but I fail to see the purpose otherwise.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Erik Naggum

The Web provided me with a much needed realization that information cannot be fully separated from its presentation, and showed me something I knew without verbalizing explicitly, that the presentation form we choose communicates real information.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Erik Naggum

The very word "exist" derives from "to step forth, to stand out".

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erik Naggum

I'm bothered by the fact that stupid people don't spontaneously combust, which they should.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Erik Naggum

What people "want" is a function of what they learn is available. If you wish to sell something, you'd better understand that you can't give people what they want in the market today, because what they want today is what they can already get. You have to discover what they really want, and find some way to give that physical shape.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Erik Naggum

The ultimate laziness is not using Perl. That saves you so much work you wouldn't believe it if you had never tried it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erik Naggum

I believe C++ instills fear in programmers, fear that the interaction of some details causes unpredictable results. Its unmanageable complexity has spawned more fear-preventing tools than any other language, but the solution should have been to create and use a language that does not overload the whole goddamn human brain with irrelevant details.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erik Naggum

I have a cat, so I know that when she digs her very sharp claws into my chest or stomach it's really a sign of affection, but I don't see any reason for programming languages to show affection with pain.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Erik Naggum

it's just that in C++ and the like, you don't trust anybody, and in CLOS you basically trust everybody. The practical result is that thieves and bums use C++ and nice people use CLOS.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erik Naggum

Have you considered the option of getting the joke? If not, try it now and redeem your soul.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erik Naggum

I have actually programmed a fair bit in Perl, like I have C++ code published with my name on it. Other things I have tried and have no intention to do again if I can at all avoid it include smoking, getting drunk enough to puke and waste the whole next day with hang-over, breaking a leg in a violent car crash, getting mugged in New York City, or travel with Aeroflot.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erik Naggum

In Norway, we have a community of people who prefer to use a version of Norwegian that looks very much like lutefisk: Dug up remains from the garbage heap of history and dressed up to look like a tradition.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Erik Naggum

What I actually admire in Perl is its ability to provide a very successful abstraction of the horrible mess that is collectively called Unix.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erik Naggum

Gotos aren't damnable to begin with. If you aren't smart enough to distinguish what's bad about some gotos from all gotos, goto hell.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erik Naggum

Elegance is necessarily unnatural, only achieveable at great expense. If you just do something, it won't be elegant, but if you do it and then see what might be more elegant, and do it again, you might, after an unknown number of iterations, get something that is very elegant.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erik Naggum

Historically, labor unions arose when people had gotten a taste of a different lifestyle and were willing to pay a lot more for their basic livelihood and had gotten into a fix they couldn't get out of - because they had accepted the unacceptable to begin with. Accepting something you have to form a labor union to fight after the fact only tells me that people were acting against their own best (or even good) interests for a long time. I don't see any rational, coherent explanation for this sort of behavior in humans, but it's all over the place.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Erik Naggum

They don't make poles long enough for me want to touch Microsoft products, and I don't want any mass-marketed game-playing device or Windows appliance near my desk or on my network. This is my workbench, dammit, it's not a pretty box to impress people with graphics and sounds. When I work at this system up to 12 hours a day, I'm profoundly uninterested in what user interface a novice user would prefer.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Erik Naggum

Unformed people delight in the gaudy and in novelty. Cooked people delight in the ordinary.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Erik Naggum

Unfortunately, nigh the whole world is now duped into thinking that silly fill-in forms on web pages is the way to do user interfaces.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Erik Naggum

The novice-friendly software is more like a misbehaving dog: it shits on the floor, it destroys things, and stinks - the novice-friendly software embodies the opposite of what computer people have dreamed of for decades: artificial stupidity. It's more human.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Erik Naggum

Part of any serious QA is removing Perl code the same way you go over a dilapidated building you inherit to remove chewing gum and duct tape and fix whatever was kept together for real.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Erik Naggum

Very clever implementation techniques are required to implement this insanity correctly and usefully, not to mention that code written with this feature used and abused east and west is exceptionally exciting to debug.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Erik Naggum

Structure is nothing if it is all you got. Skeletons spook people if they try to walk around on their own. I really wonder why XML does not.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erik Naggum

If car manufacturers made cars according to spec the same way software vendors make software according to spec, all five wheels would be of widely differing sizes, it would take one person to steer and another to work the pedals and yet another to operate the user-friendly menu-driven dashboard, and if it would not drive straight ahead without a lot of effort, civil engineers would respond by building spiraling roads around each city.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Erik Naggum

When all actions are used for feedback, the consequence of making mistakes will be a corrective and appropriate response, because everything everybody does matters. ... The more selective you are in the feedback you accept, the more insane your reasoning will become as you will necessarily reject corrective feedback that would have led to better reasoning.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erik Naggum

C++ is a language strongly optimized for liars and people who go by guesswork and ignorance.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Erik Naggum

Let's just hope that all the world is run by Bill Gates before the Perl hackers can destroy it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erik Naggum

'Code sharing' is an economic surplus phenomenon. It works only when none of the people involved in it are in any form of need.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Erik Naggum

Sometimes, the only way to learn something really well is to revert to the state of mind of a novice and reawaken to the raw observations that you have accumulated instead of relying on the conclusions you have reached from the exogenous premises absorbed through teaching and bookish learning.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Erik Naggum

Some people are little more than herd animals, flocking together whenever the world becomes uncomfortable … I am not one of those people. If I had a motto, it would probably be Herd thither, me hither.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Erik Naggum

People search for the meaning of life, but this is the easy question: we are born into a world that presents us with many millenia of collected knowledge and information, and all our predecessors ask of us is that we not waste our brief life ignoring the past only to rediscover or reinvent its lessons badly.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erik Naggum

I have come to believe that large print, thick and heavy paper, and wide margins and oversize leading is indicative of the expected intelligence of the reader. … Compare children's books and books on Web Duhsign or other X-in-21-days books. If the reading level of a specification is below college level, chances are the people behind it are morons and the result morose.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erik Naggum

I have long since given up dealing with people who hold idiotic opinions as if they had arrived at them through thinking about them.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Erik Naggum

The aspects you are willing to ignore are more important than the aspects you are willing to accept.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Erik Naggum

Sufficiently advanced political correctness is indistinguishable from sarcasm.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erik Naggum

All experience has taught us that solving a complex problem uncovers hidden assumptions and ever more knowledge, trade-offs that we didn't anticipate but which can make the difference between meeting a deadline and going into research mode for a year, etc.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erik Naggum

Constructing a social system that tends to those who agree with it is a piece of cake compared to constructing one that makes those who disagree with it want to obey its principles.