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Most good programmers do programming not because they
expect to get paid or get adulation by the public,
but because it is fun to program.
- Linus Torvalds

There was something amazingly enticing about programming.
- Vinton Cerf

If you think about computer programming,
it's as antisocial as it gets.
- Shawn Fanning

When The Muppet Show ended, we all sat around and said,
what kind of television show would we like to do.
We felt the need these days are for some quality children's programming.
- Jim Henson

 

We were grooving, at that point, in the same direction,
but remember, Roy Hamilton and myself were going into
a path and a direction that had no programming.
- Solomon Burke

We spend too much time fretting over the way the industry produces programming,
and too little worrying about the way the public consumes it.
- Michael Medved

Yeah, computers are going to take over the programming
business because they have become so fast recently
that they can solve the Halting Problem in five seconds flat.
- Craig Bruce

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We're not programming to conservatives.
We're just not eliminating their point of view.
- Roger Ailes

The heart and soul of network programming is series programming,
the weekly repetition of characters you like having in your house.
- Dick Wolf

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

Yeah, I'm very impressed with Lifetime,
this is the first time I've worked with them.
I really like the kind of programming that they're into,
so I'm hoping that I will.
- Beau Bridges

I remember growing up with television,
from the time it was just a test pattern,
with maybe a little bit of programming once in a while.
- Francis Ford Coppola

I find languages that support just one programming paradigm constraining.
- Bjarne Stroustrup

I also love Mole, the unsung hero of reality programming.
- Kathy Griffin

In college, before video games, we would amuse ourselves
by posing programming exercises.
- Ken Thompson

Some programming languages manage to absorb change,
but withstand progress.
- Alan Perlis

Programming is usually taught by examples.
- Niklaus Wirth

I loved logic, math, computer programming.
I loved systems and logic approaches.
And so I just figured architecture is this perfect combination.
- Maya Lin

What I was proud of was that I used very few parts
to build a computer that could actually speak words
on a screen and type words on a keyboard and run a
programming language that could play games.
And I did all this myself.
- Steve Wozniak

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

I worked with such concentration and focus and I had
hundreds of obscure engineering or programming things in my head.
I was just real exceptional in that way.
- Steve Wozniak

Many people tend to look at programming styles and
languages like religions:
if you belong to one,
you cannot belong to others.
But this analogy is another fallacy.
- Niklaus Wirth

I skip through the programming to watch the commercials.
- Mel Karmazin

The agendas on the management side of the table now
are not in sync like they used to be because you have
vastly different entities supplying programming to networks.
- Dick Wolf

After graduating in 1973 I went into the programming field.
- W. Richard Stevens

With .NET once an API is published it's available to
all programming languages at the same time.
- Miguel de Icaza

Every parent in America has the total power to control
all television programming that is dispatched to their home today.
- Jack Valenti

Our ultimate goal is extensible programming (EP).
By this, we mean the construction of hierarchies of modules,
each module adding new functionality to the system.
- Niklaus Wirth

'Programming' is a four-letter word.
- Craig Bruce

A programming language is low level when its programs
require attention to the irrelevant.
- Alan Perlis

I don't think there is enough educational programming,
but unfortunately, television is built around advertising
and those shows don't get the big ratings.
- Will McDonough

Somebody gave me this drum machine and somebody else
asked me to program something for a project.
I really liked programming and I was really interested
in using the drum machine.
- Ikue Mori

Gates is the ultimate programming machine.
He believes everything can be defined,
examined, reduced to essentials, and rearranged into
a logical sequence that will achieve a particular goal.
- Stewart Alsop

In English every word can be verbed.
Would that it were so in our programming languages.
- Alan Perlis

The best book on programming for the layman is "Alice in Wonderland";
but that's because it's the best book on anything for the layman.
- Alan Perlis

Low-level programming is good for the programmer's soul.
- John Carmack

I'm thinking of going to programming school.
Learn how to sit down at any computer and learn to do anything on it.
That's all I have left and have interest in.
- Marc Wallice

Programming is one of the most difficult branches of applied mathematics;
the poorer mathematicians had better remain pure mathematicians.
- Edsger Dijkstra

However, when Java is promoted as the sole programming language,
its flaws and limitations become serious.
- Bjarne Stroustrup

Clearly, programming courses should teach methods of design and construction,
and the selected examples should be such that a gradual
development can be nicely demonstrated.
- Niklaus Wirth

The demand for standup in the eighties was created
by how easy it was to exploit 'comedians' and create
very cheap television programming.
- Marc Maron

Between rounds of speed chess I read enough of a programming
manual to teach myself to write programs on the school's
DEC mainframe in the language Basic.
- Eric Allin Cornell

My background is in hardware design.
I found hardware work to be a welcome change from thousands
of hours of programming and that led to the designs you mentioned.
- David Crane

Experience shows that the success of a programming
course critically depends on the choice of these examples.
- Niklaus Wirth

But active programming consists of the design of new programs,
rather than contemplation of old programs.
- Niklaus Wirth

I have been an unabashed fan of NPR for many years,
and have stolen untold excellent ideas from its programming.
- Ted Koppel

Drama or comedy programming is still the surest way
for advertisers to reach a mass audience.
Once that changes, all bets are off.
- Dick Wolf

It's been quite a 'pattern interrupt',
a massive change of the old programming.
- Kenny Loggins

I don't have any focus groups on talent and programming.
If I need five people in a mall to be paid $40 to tell me how to do my job,
I shouldn't do my job.
- Roger Ailes

A programming language is for thinking about programs,
not for expressing programs you've already thought of.
It should be a pencil, not a pen.
- Paul Graham

The British regulatory system was revised,
so that bigger profits were encouraged,
which removed the option of big spending on programming.
Quality just fell off a cliff, and all the old hands
either left or were fired for being too expensive.
- Lee Child

My father taught me Basic and rudimentary C,
I learned everything else on my own,
including studying computational complexity on my own.
That's more a function of my age than anything else though -
back when I was in school there were hardly any programming classes.
- Bram Cohen

Don't count out other amazing programming like Frontline.
You will still find more hours of in-depth news programming,
investigative journalism and analysis on PBS than on any other outlet.
- Gwen Ifill

Obviously with the onset of cable and satellite,
there are more opportunities for programming and original programming,
so it creates more opportunities for actors and producers
and directors and everything.
- Anthony Michael Hall

I don't think people realize the extent to which TV
networks are hurt when they carry public broadcasting.
I think the estimate is that they lose a half-million
dollars for a half day's programming.
- Roone Arledge

We still have a tradition certainly in English television;
it's faded a bit in the last five years,
but we still have a tradition where the important thing
is the quality and the challenging nature of the programming.
- Rowan Atkinson

I have no idea how to become successful in children's
tv programming today other than to say that whereever
you find that rare animal being pursued,
insert yourself into its environment;
get in the door in any position and work from within.
- William Jackson

We do a lot of light classical programming with that,
too...
obviously...
a lot of Tchaikovsky music, Grieg, things like that
which have become less classical with classical concerts.
- Skitch Henderson

Now, it's my belief that Python is a lot easier than
to teach to students programming and teach them C or
C++ or Java at the same time because all the details
of the languages are so much harder.
Other scripting languages really don't work very well there either.
- Guido van Rossum

The secret of living a life of excellence is merely
a matter of thinking thoughts of excellence.
Really, it's a matter of programming our minds with
the kind of information that will set us free.
- Charles R. Swindoll

The most important thing in the programming language is the name.
A language will not succeed without a good name.
I have recently invented a very good name and now I
am looking for a suitable language.
- Donald Knuth

I like to protect children.
I mean, there's nothing wrong with having adult programming
for mature adults that can selectively decide what
they want to watch and what they don't want to watch.
- Burt Ward

I guess some of today's programming has rubbed off
on me because I find myself having to set time around for touring,
putting that together and then setting time around for recording.
- Bootsy Collins

Yeah, my drum programming especially is based on my
knowledge of playing a drum kit.
For the bass too, definitely.
It was the first thing that I translated any sort of ideas through.
It must have shaped it somehow.
- Tom Jenkinson

Through educational programming, Jewish American History
Month will help raise the awareness of a people,
their history and contributions.
It will help combat anti-Semitism, a phenomenon that
is on the rise and that unfortunately still exists in our Nation.
- Jan Schakowsky

Television viewers, they've been around a long time.
They've been watching this thing now for 50 years.
I mean, they know exactly what's happening when it
comes to television programming.
You can't put anything over on them anymore.
- Maury Povich

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

I have always been making art from an early age but
for nearly forty years did computer programming to earn a living.
I bought a house and put my wife and three children through college.
Now that diversion is over so I can finally paint full time.
- Mike Thompson

Programming is not a zero-sum game.
Teaching something to a fellow programmer doesn't take it away from you.
I'm happy to share what I can, because I'm in it for the love of programming.
- John Carmack

My being a teacher had a decisive influence on making
language and systems as simple as possible so that in my teaching,
I could concentrate on the essential issues of programming
rather than on details of language and notation.
- Niklaus Wirth

The most important precedents deal with the whole idea
of symbolic programming -
the notion of setting up symbolic expressions that
can represent anything one wants,
and then having functions that operate on both their structure and content.
- Stephen Wolfram


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