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Dutch computer Scientist. Turing Award in 1972. 1930-2002
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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“It is practically impossible to teach good programming to students that have had a prior exposure to BASIC: as potential programmers they are mentally mutilated beyond hope of regeneration.”
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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“Program testing can be used to show the presence of bugs, but never to show their absence!”
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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“The question of whether a computer can think is no more interesting than the question of whether a submarine can swim.”
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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“The use of COBOL cripples the mind; its teaching should, therefore, be regarded as a criminal offense.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“Progress is possible only if we train ourselves to think about programs without thinking of them as pieces of executable code.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“If in physics there's something you don't understand, you can always hide behind the uncharted depths of nature. You can always blame God. You didn't make it so complex yourself. But if your program doesn't work, there is no one to hide behind. You cannot hide behind an obstinate nature. If it doesn't work, you've messed up.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“Don't blame me for the fact that competent programming, as I view it as an intellectual possibility, will be too difficult for 'the average programmer', you must not fall into the trap of rejecting a surgical technique because it is beyond the capabilities of the barber in his shop around the corner.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“Computer science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes.”
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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“APL is a mistake, carried through to perfection. It is the language of the future for the programming techniques of the past: it creates a new generation of coding bums.”
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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“Object-oriented programming is an exceptionally bad idea which could only have originated in California.”

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