Facts about Alan Perlis

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Alan Perlis was a famous Scientist from USA, who lived between April 1, 1922 and February 7, 1990. He/she became 67 years old.

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He/she is born under the zodiac aries, who is known for Active, Demanding, Determined, Effective, Ambitious. Our collection contains 30 quotes who is written / told by Alan, under the main topics: Computers, Science, Technology.

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Famous quotes by Alan Perlis (30)


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"Simplicity does not precede complexity, but follows it"
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"The computing field is always in need of new cliches"
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"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"
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"Is it possible that software is not like anything else, that it is meant to be discarded: that the whole point is to always see it as a soap bubble?"
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"Don't have good ideas if you aren't willing to be responsible for them"
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"A picture is worth 10K words - but only those to describe the picture. Hardly any sets of 10K words can be adequately described with pictures"
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"Some programming languages manage to absorb change, but withstand progress"
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"A year spent in artificial intelligence is enough to make one believe in God"
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"It is easier to change the specification to fit the program than vice versa"
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"In English every word can be verbed. Would that it were so in our programming languages"
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"If a listener nods his head when you're explaining your program, wake him up"
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"Every program has two purposes: The one for which it was written and another for which it wasn't"
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"We toast the Lisp programmer who pens his thoughts within nests of parentheses"
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"LISP programmers know the value of everything and the cost of nothing"
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"It goes against the grain of modern education to teach students to program. What fun is there to making plans, acquiring discipline, organizing thoughts, devoting attention to detail, and learning to be self critical"
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"In software systems it is often the early bird that makes the worm"
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"If you have a procedure with 10 parameters, you probably missed some"
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"I think it is inevitable that people program poorly. Training will not substantially help matters. We have to learn to live with it"
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"Computer Science is embarrassed by the computer"
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"It is easier to write an incorrect program than understand a correct one"
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"Fools ignore complexity. Pragmatists suffer it. Some can avoid it. Geniuses remove it"
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"A programming language is low level when its programs require attention to the irrelevant"
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"You can measure a programmer's perspective by noting his attitude on the continuing vitality of FORTRAN"
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"There are two ways to write error-free programs; only the third one works"
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"One man's constant is another man's variable"
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"If your computer speaks English, it was probably made in Japan"
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"In computing, turning the obvious into the useful is a living definition of the word "frustration""
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"A year spent in artificial intelligence is enough to make one believe in God"
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"In software systems it is often the early bird that makes the worm"
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"I think it is inevitable that people program poorly. Training will not substantially help matters. We have to learn to live with it"


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