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Edsger Dijkstra
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The use of COBOL cripples the mind; its teaching should, therefore, be regarded as a criminal offense.
offense
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criminal
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teaching
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mind
Edsger Dijkstra
1
Many mathematicians derive part of their self-esteem by feeling themselves the proud heirs of a long tradition of rational thinking; I am afraid they idealize their cultural ancestors.
rational
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long
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derive
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thinking
Edsger Dijkstra
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The students that, like the wild animal being prepared for its tricks in the circus called 'life', expects only training as sketched above, will be severely disappointed: by his standards he will learn next to nothing.
being
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wild
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nothing
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tricks
Edsger Dijkstra
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Why has elegance found so little following? That is the reality of it. Elegance has the disadvantage, if that's what it is, that hard work is needed to achieve it and a good education to appreciate it.
disadvantage
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achieve
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hard
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reality
Edsger Dijkstra
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I mentioned the non-competitive spirit explicitly, because these days, excellence is a fashionable concept. But excellence is a competitive notion, and that is not what we are heading for: we are heading for perfection.
fashionable
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heading
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concept
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perfection
Edsger Dijkstra
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Teaching to unsuspecting youngsters the effective use of formal methods is one of the joys of life because it is so extremely rewarding.
rewarding
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methods
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life
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extremely
Edsger Dijkstra
5
The ability of discerning high quality unavoidably implies the ability of identifying shortcomings.
discerning
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implies
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identifying
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high
Edsger Dijkstra
3
Aim for brevity while avoiding jargon.
jargon
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brevity
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avoiding
Edsger Dijkstra
3
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.
beyond
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students
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programming
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potential
Edsger Dijkstra
2
The lurking suspicion that something could be simplified is the world's richest source of rewarding challenges.
rewarding
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source
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suspicion
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challenges
Edsger Dijkstra
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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.
carried
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perfection
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through
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bums
Edsger Dijkstra
4
Don't compete with me: firstly, I have more experience, and secondly, I have chosen the weapons.
compete
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firstly
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secondly
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chosen
Edsger Dijkstra
3
Programming is one of the most difficult branches of applied mathematics; the poorer mathematicians had better remain pure mathematicians.
programming
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branches
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mathematicians
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pure
Edsger Dijkstra
7
The traditional mathematician recognizes and appreciates mathematical elegance when he sees it. I propose to go one step further, and to consider elegance an essential ingredient of mathematics: if it is clumsy, it is not mathematics.
propose
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essential
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step
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appreciates
Edsger Dijkstra
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Elegance is not a dispensable luxury but a factor that decides between success and failure.
factor
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decides
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dispensable
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luxury
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