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i-con-o-clast n. 1. One who destroys sacred images. 2. One who attacks and seeks to overthrow traditional or popular ideas or institutions. The American Heritage Dictionary Wordsmith

An Element of Style Make definite assertions. Avoid tame, colorless, hesitating, non-committal language. Rule 12, William Strunk, Jr.

Q: What is the shortest lie in computing? A: It works.

On Programming: A bad day writing code in Scheme is better than a good day writing code in C. David Stigant

More on Programming: Always code as if the guy who ends up maintaining your code will be a violent psychopath who knows where you live. John F. Woods

Yet more on Programming: Programming is just another name for the lost art of thinking. Arctic Fidelity aka Aaron Hsu

On Mutation and Programming: Assignment leads to mutation. Mutation leads to pointers. Pointers lead to suffering! Anton van Straaten

On Teaching Programming: Wir sind froh, dass die Absolventen schon Java können. Programmieren müssen wir denen halt noch beibringen. via Mike Sperber who overheard senior developers talk about new recruits

One Final Word on Programming We shall do a much better programming job, provided we approach the task with a full appreciation of its tremendous difficulty, provided that we respect the intrinsic limitations of the human mind and approach the task as very humble programmers. Alan Turing

On Scientists: I believe that a scientist looking at nonscientific problems is just as dumb as the next guy. Richard Feynman



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