Monday, January 24, 2011

My Favorite Computer Science Quotes.

Some of my favorite quotes relating to computer science:
Always code as if the guy who ends up maintaining your code will be a violent psychopath who knows where you live.
- Rick Osborne
 Perl – The only language that looks the same before and after RSA encryption.
- Keith Bostic
Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning.
- Rich Cook
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.
- E. W. Dijkstra
The trouble with programmers is that you can never tell what a programmer is doing until it’s too late. - -- Seymour Cray
Talk is cheap. Show me the code.
- Linus Torvalds
Software is a gas; it expands to fill its container.
– Nathan Myhrvold
In the future, computers may weigh no more than 1.5 tonnes.
– Popular mechanics, 1949 
Python's a drop-in replacement for BASIC in the sense that Optimus Prime is a drop-in replacement for a truck.
- Cory Dodt
Any really good ones that I am missing?


  1. Bravo! One that applies to many areas of life beyond programming is "Idiots are very resourceful".

  2. Nick & JS,

    Idiots are more fruitful and they multiply advancing primacy of idiocity!

  3. These, except the cartoon, have nothing whatsoever to do with Computer Science. Perhaps you meant programming?

  4. Good collection about science quotes. I have collected many quotes from you. Thanks a lot for doing like this post.


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