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Lisp programmers know the value of everything but the cost of nothing. What is that exactly mean? [closed]

I'm reading SICP and come up with this footnote Lisp obeys the convention that every expression has a value. This convention, together with the old reputation of Lisp as an inefficient ...
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What did Bill Gosper mean by saying a data structure is just a stupid programming language?

There's a quotation by Ralph William Gosper, Jr that says: A data structure is just a stupid programming language. What did he mean by this? Alas, all I can find in Google about it is ...
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Dijkstra quote on object-orientation? [closed]

I came across the following supposed Dijkstra quote on object-orientation Object-oriented programming is an exceptionally bad idea which could only have originated in California However even my ...
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What did Bjarne Stroustrup mean by his characterization of C and C++?

There's a quotation by Bjarne Stroustrup that says: C makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot; C++ makes it harder, but when you do, it blows away your whole leg. I've often come across this ...
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What does Tim Peters mean by “complex is better than complicated”? [closed]

In Tim Peters's poem "The Zen of Python" (PEP 20), there is a line that goes: Complex is better than complicated. I like the theme of the poem, but this particular line has always vexed me. What ...
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Absolute statements in IT that are wrong [closed]

I was recently in a discussion about the absolute statement "It costs more in programming time to optimise software than it costs to throw hardware at a problem". The general thought (of which I ...
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Source of this quote about code reusage? [closed]

does someone know where this quote comes from? I don't know it literally, but I know what is is about. Something like: Writing code more than once is a waste of energy and creativity. I think ...
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Source for “Programmers combine like resistors in parallel” [closed]

What is the origin (reference, time, author) of the following quote? For instance, is it from a book? Programmers combine like resistors in parallel. It may be by Gerry Jay Sussman, and I can ...
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What does the Jamie Zawinski's quotation about regular expressions mean? [duplicate]

In a message to comp.emacs.xemacs, Jamie Zawinski once said: Some people, when confronted with a problem, think "I know, I'll use regular expressions." Now they have two problems. I've always ...
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What did Linus Torvalds mean by his quotation about portability? [closed]

In a debate with Andrew Tanenbaum over microkernel vs. monolithic operating system architecture, Linus Torvalds said, Portability is for people who cannot write new programs. What did he mean by ...
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What did Alan Perlis mean regarding the ways to write error-free programs?

There's a quotation by Alan J. Perlis that says: There are two ways to write error-free programs; only the third one works. I recently heard this quote from my friend, and was unable to ...