Muli Ben-Yehuda's journal

October 31, 2004

Donald E. Knuth, Computer Programming as an Art.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Muli Ben-Yehuda @ 10:59 PM

Tonight’s reading is Donald
E. Knuth’s
Turing
award
lecture, Computer Programming as an Art.

“Therefore I want to address my closing remarks to the system
programmers and the machine designers who produce the systems that the
rest of us must work with. Please, give us tools that are a pleasure
to use, especially for our routine assignments, instead of providing
something we have to fight with. Please give us tools that encourage
us to write better programs, by enhancing our pleasure when we do so.”

Words to live by. I have rarely heard a better elucidated reason to
use free software.

Advertisements

1 Comment »

  1. Few years back, this would have reminded me of Linux Kernel Debuggers đŸ™‚
    Great lecture though,
    thanks for sharing.

    Comment by jnagal — November 17, 2004 @ 10:39 PM | Reply


RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.

%d bloggers like this: