Niklaus Wirth Quotes, Sayings, Remarks, Thoughts and Speeches

Niklaus Wirth Quotes and Sayings

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    A good designer must rely on experience, on precise, logic thinking; and on pedantic exactness. No magic will do. Niklaus Wirth | Refcard PDF
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    But active programming consists of the design of new programs, rather than contemplation of old programs. Niklaus Wirth | Refcard PDF
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    But quality of work can be expected only through personal satisfaction, dedication and enjoyment. In our profession, precision and perfection are not a dispensible luxury, but a simple necessity. Niklaus Wirth | Refcard PDF
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    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 | Refcard PDF
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    Experience shows that the success of a programming course critically depends on the choice of these examples. Niklaus Wirth | Refcard PDF
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    I have never designed a language for its own sake. Niklaus Wirth | Refcard PDF
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    In the practical world of computing, it is rather uncommon that a program, once it performs correctly and satisfactorily, remains unchanged forever. Niklaus Wirth | Refcard PDF
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    Indeed, the woes of Software Engineering are not due to lack of tools, or proper management, but largely due to lack of sufficient technical competence. Niklaus Wirth | Refcard PDF
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    It is evidently necessary to generate and test candidates for solutions in some systematic manner. Niklaus Wirth | Refcard PDF
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    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 | Refcard PDF
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    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 | Refcard PDF
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    My duty as a teacher is to train, educate future programmers. Niklaus Wirth | Refcard PDF
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    Nevertheless, I consider OOP as an aspect of programming in the large; that is, as an aspect that logically follows programming in the small and requires sound knowledge of procedural programming. Niklaus Wirth | Refcard PDF
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    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 | Refcard PDF
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    Program construction consists of a sequence of refinement steps. Niklaus Wirth | Refcard PDF
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    Programming is usually taught by examples. Niklaus Wirth | Refcard PDF
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    Software development is technical activity conducted by human beings. Niklaus Wirth | Refcard PDF
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    The idea that one might derive satisfaction from his or her successful work, because that work is ingenious, beautiful, or just pleasing, has become ridiculed. Niklaus Wirth | Refcard PDF
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    The possible solutions to a given problem emerge as the leaves of a tree, each node representing a point of deliberation and decision. Niklaus Wirth | Refcard PDF
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    Usually its users discover sooner or later that their program does not deliver all the desired results, or worse, that the results requested were not the ones really needed. Niklaus Wirth | Refcard PDF
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    Yet, I am convinced that there is a need for high quality software, and the time will come when it will be recognized that it is worth investing effort in its development and in using a careful, structured approach based on safe, structured languages. Niklaus Wirth | Refcard PDF






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