15 Total Quotes

Edsger Dijkstra Quotes

The question of whether a computer can think is no more interesting than the question of whether a submarine can swim.
Edsger Dijkstra
#Dutch Scientist

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.
Edsger Dijkstra
#Potential #Dutch Scientist

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.
Edsger Dijkstra
#Future #Dutch Scientist

Computer science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes.
Edsger Dijkstra
#Dutch Scientist #Astronomy

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.
Edsger Dijkstra
#Nature

The effort of using machines to mimic the human mind has always struck me as rather silly. I would rather use them to mimic something better.
Edsger Dijkstra
#Computers

Program testing can be used to show the presence of bugs, but never to show their absence!
Edsger Dijkstra
#Dutch Scientist #Absence

The use of COBOL cripples the mind; its teaching should, therefore, be regarded as a criminal offense.
Edsger Dijkstra
#Mind #Dutch Scientist

Progress is possible only if we train ourselves to think about programs without thinking of them as pieces of executable code.
Edsger Dijkstra
#Progress

Object-oriented programming is an exceptionally bad idea which could only have originated in California.
Edsger Dijkstra
#Dutch Scientist