Edsger W. Dijkstra

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Edsger Wybe Dijkstra, född 11 maj 1930, död 6 augusti 2002, var en teoretisk fysiker samt datorvetare från Nederländerna som framförallt är känd för sin algoritm för att hitta kortaste vägen i en graf, samt artikeln GOTO Statement Considered Harmful (http://www.acm.org/classics/oct95/).

Mottog även Turingpriset 1972, samt har ett pris uppkallat efter sig; Edsger W. Dijkstra Prize in Distributed Computing (http://www.podc.org/dijkstra/).


  • "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."
  • "Computer Science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes."
  • "I mean, if 10 years from now, when you are doing something quick and dirty, you suddenly visualize that I am looking over your shoulders and say to yourself: 'Dijkstra would not have liked this', well that would be enough immortality for me."
  • "Teaching BASIC should be a criminal offense."
  • "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."
  • "Besides a mathematical inclination, an exceptionally good mastery of one's native tongue is the most vital asset of a competent programmer."
  • "Object-oriented programming is an exceptionally bad idea which could only have originated in California."
  • "The question of whether computers can think is like the question of whether submarines can swim."
  • "Lisp has jokingly been called 'the most intelligent way to misuse a computer'. I think that description is a great compliment because it transmits the full flavor of liberation: it has assisted a number of our most gifted fellow humans in thinking previously impossible thoughts."
  • "The use of COBOL cripples the mind; its teaching should, therefore, be regarded as a criminal offence."

Externa länkar

  • EWD Archive (http://www.cs.utexas.edu/users/EWD/)
  • Biografi och dödsruna: [1] (http://www.cs.utexas.edu/users/UTCS/notices/dijkstra/ewdobit.html) (död länk), [2] ( (Googlecache)
  • Skärmdump av Google (http://www.cs.auckland.ac.nz/~cristian/google.jpg)
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