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Funny computer programmer quotes

This is a collection of funny computer programming quotes.  These are real quotes from real people.

"It is practically impossible to teach good programming style to students that have had prior exposure
to BASIC; as potential programmers they are mentally mutilated beyond hope of regeneration."


"The three most dangerous things in the world are a programmer with a
soldering iron, a hardware type with a program patch and a user with an idea."
– _The Wizardry Compiled_ by Rick Cook


"The primary purpose of the DATA statement is to give names to constants; instead of
referring to pi as 3.141592653589793 at every appearance, the variable PI can be given
that value with a DATA statement and used instead of the longer form of the constant.
This also simplifies modifying the program, should the value of pi change."
– FORTRAN manual for Xerox computers


"C makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot. C++ makes it
harder, but when you do, it blows away your whole leg."
– Bjarne Stroustrup


"Programming graphics in X is like finding sqrt(pi) using Roman numerals."
– Henry Spencer


"Never put off until run time what you can do at compile time."
– David Gries, in "Compiler Construction for Digital Computers", circa 1969.

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