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  • "I have found that humans often use Smalltalk during awkward moments." -- Cmdr Data, Star Trek TNG

  • "C++ is a siren song. It *looks* like a HLL in which you ought to be able to write an application, but it really isn't." -- Alain Picard
  • "Arguing that Java is better than C++ is like arguing that grasshoppers taste better than tree bark." -- Thant Tessman
  • "If you think C++ is not overly complicated, just what is a protected abstract virtual base pure virtual private destructor and when was the last time you needed one?" -- Tom Cargill
  • "A programming language is low level when its programs require attention to the irrelevant." -- Alan Perlis

  • "Of course SML does have its weaknesses, but by comparison, a discussion of C++'s strengths and flaws always sounds like an argument about whether one should face north or east when one is sacrificing one's goat to the rain god." -- Thant Tessman
  • "Indeed, when I design my killer language, the identifiers "foo" and "bar" will be reserved words, never used, and not even mentioned in the reference manual. Any program using one will simply dump core without comment. Multitudes will rejoice." -- Tim Peters
  • "As it seems to me, in Perl you have to be an expert to correctly make a nested data structure like, say, a list of hashes of instances. In Python, you have to be an idiot not to be able to do it, because you just write it down." -- Peter Norvig
  • "A computer is like an Old Testament god, with a lot of rules and no mercy." -- Joseph Campbell
  • "Reading computer manuals without the hardware is as frustrating as reading sex manuals without the software." -- Arthur C. Clarke
  • "Memory is like an orgasm. It's a lot better if you don't have to fake it." --Seymore Cray
  • "The major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a thing that cannot possibly go wrong is that when a thing that cannot possibly go wrong goes wrong, it usually turns out to be impossible to get at or repair." -- Douglas Adams
  • "If your computer speaks English, it was probably made in Japan." -- Alan Perlis
  • "I do not fear computers. I fear lack of them." -- Isaac Asimov
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