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What did Bill Gosper mean by saying a data structure is just a stupid programming language? [closed]

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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What did Bjarne Stroustrup mean by his characterization of C and C++? [closed]

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 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? [closed]

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 ...