Quotes and Sayings about Programming



"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
(Related: Talent, People, Focus, Job, Programming)

"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
(Related: Goal, Machine, Programming, Will)

"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
(Related: People, Day, Hurt, Programming, Public)

"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
(Related: Nature, Quality, English, Programming, Television, Tradition, Years)

"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
(Related: Time, First, Programming, Will)

"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
(Related: Business, Computers, Programming)

"'Programming' is a four-letter word."
- Craig Bruce
(Related: Word)

"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
(Related: Direction, Programming)

"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
(Related: Love, Programming, Teaching)

"Low-level programming is good for the programmer's soul."
- John Carmack
(Related: Soul, Programming)

"There was something amazingly enticing about programming."
- Vinton Cerf
(Related: Programming)

"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
(Related: Quality, Being, Old, Programming)

"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
(Related: Age, Father, Complexity, Programming, School)

"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
(Related: Time, Programming, Today)

"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
(Related: Time, Growing up, Programming, Television)

"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
(Related: Chess, Language, Programming, School)

"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
(Related: Change, Work, Design, Hardware, Programming)

"Object-oriented programming is an exceptionally bad idea which could only have originated in California."
- Edsger Dijkstra
(Related: Idea, Programming)

"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
(Related: Hope, Potential, Programming, Students)

"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
(Related: Mistake, Future, Language, Perfection, Programming)

"Programming is one of the most difficult branches of applied mathematics; the poorer mathematicians had better remain pure mathematicians."
- Edsger Dijkstra
(Related: Mathematicians, Mathematics, Programming)

"If you think about computer programming, it's as antisocial as it gets."
- Shawn Fanning
(Related: Computer, Programming)

"I feel like there is just as much violent programming in other countries and there is not the same incidence of factors. I think there are other factors contributing to violence in this country and not the media."
- Sara Gilbert
(Related: Countries, Country, Media, Programming, Violence)

"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
(Related: Thought, Language, Pen, Programming, Thinking)

"I also love Mole, the unsung hero of reality programming."
- Kathy Griffin
(Related: Love, Programming, Reality)

"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
(Related: Actors, Programming)

"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
(Related: Music, Light, Programming)

"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
(Related: Quality, Children, Programming, Television)

"NBC was trying to convert all of their local programming to color right away to encourage the sale of the sets, so I barely remember working in black and white, although I do know that I did do it, but there was not a major difference, though."
- Jim Henson
(Related: Difference, Programming, Right, Trying)

"MSNBC got some very good people. They've got a good-looking set. All They're first-class. Somewhere along the way, they kind of lost their identity as a news channel, and they started doing a lot of other sort of magazine-type programming."
- Brit Hume
(Related: People, First, Identity, News, Programming)

"Television has certain imperatives that CNN had the luxury of ignoring for a long period of time. CNN could take the position that the news would be the star, because in most of the programming day, they were the only all-news operation on the air."
- Brit Hume
(Related: Time, Day, Luxury, News, Programming, Television)

"With .NET once an API is published it's available to all programming languages at the same time."
- Miguel de Icaza
(Related: Time, Programming)

"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
(Related: Frontline, Journalism, News, Programming, Will)

"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
(Related: Work, Idea, Successful, Being, Children, Environment, Programming, Today)

"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
(Related: Knowledge, Ideas, First, Programming)

"I skip through the programming to watch the commercials."
- Mel Karmazin
(Related: Programming)

"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
(Related: Language, Name, Now, Programming, Succeed, Will)

"I have been an unabashed fan of NPR for many years, and have stolen untold excellent ideas from its programming."
- Ted Koppel
(Related: Ideas, Programming, Years)

"I loved logic, math, computer programming. I loved systems and logic approaches. And so I just figured architecture is this perfect combination."
- Maya Lin
(Related: Architecture, Computer, Logic, Programming)

"It's been quite a 'pattern interrupt', a massive change of the old programming."
- Kenny Loggins
(Related: Change, Old, Programming)

"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
(Related: Programming, Television)

"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
(Related: Advertising, Programming, Television)

"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
(Related: Time, Programming, Public)

"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
(Related: Machine, Programming, Project)

"Some programming languages manage to absorb change, but withstand progress."
- Alan Perlis
(Related: Change, Progress, Programming)

"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
(Related: Programming)

"A programming language is low level when its programs require attention to the irrelevant."
- Alan Perlis
(Related: Attention, Language, Programming)

"In English every word can be verbed. Would that it were so in our programming languages."
- Alan Perlis
(Related: English, Programming, Word)

"Our legislation addresses broadcasts over the public airwaves, but I hope the cable and satellite industries see the importance of this issue and voluntarily create a family tier of programming and offer culturally responsible products."
- Charles W. Pickering
(Related: Family, Hope, Importance, Legislation, Programming, Public)

"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
(Related: Time, Now, Programming, Television, Years)

"The kind of programming that C provides will probably remain similar absolutely or slowly decline in usage, but relatively, JavaScript or its variants, or XML, will continue to become more central."
- Dennis Ritchie
(Related: Programming, Will)

"Although I may find the type of programming seen during the 2004 Super Bowl and the 2003 Golden Globe Awards disgusting and disturbing, we must always work hard to defend the cherished freedoms so clearly outlined in our Constitution, including a healthy and free press."
- Mike Rogers
(Related: Work, Awards, Constitution, May, Press, Programming)

"In my daily work, I work on very large, complex, distributed systems built out of many Python modules and packages. The focus is very similar to what you find, for example, in Java and, in general, in systems programming languages."
- Guido van Rossum
(Related: Work, Example, Focus, Programming)

"The second stream of material that is going to come out of this project is a programming environment and a set of programming tools where we really want to focus again on the needs of the newbie. This environment is going to have to be extremely user-friendly."
- Guido van Rossum
(Related: Environment, Focus, Needs, Programming, Project, Tools, Want)

"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
(Related: Time, Work, Belief, Now, Programming, Students)

"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
(Related: History, People, American, Awareness, Help, Nation, Programming, Will)

"To devise an information processing system capable of getting along on its own - it must handle its own problems of programming, bookkeeping, communication and coordination with its users. It must appear to its users as a single, integrated personality."
- Cliff Shaw
(Related: Communication, Information, Personality, Problems, Programming)

"After graduating in 1973 I went into the programming field."
- W. Richard Stevens
(Related: Programming)

"People who passionately want to believe that the world is basically simple react to this with a fury that goes beyond what I consider appropriate for discussing a programming language."
- Bjarne Stroustrup
(Related: People, Language, Programming, Want, World)

"I find languages that support just one programming paradigm constraining."
- Bjarne Stroustrup
(Related: Programming, Support)

"However, when Java is promoted as the sole programming language, its flaws and limitations become serious."
- Bjarne Stroustrup
(Related: Flaws, Language, Limitations, Programming)

"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
(Related: Life, Thoughts, Excellence, Information, Living, Programming, Thinking, Will)

"In college, before video games, we would amuse ourselves by posing programming exercises."
- Ken Thompson
(Related: College, Games, Programming)

"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
(Related: Age, Art, Time, Wife, Children, College, Computer, Living, Now, Programming, Years)

"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
(Related: Fun, Programming, Public)

"Every parent in America has the total power to control all television programming that is dispatched to their home today."
- Jack Valenti
(Related: Home, Power, Control, America, Programming, Television, Today)

"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
(Related: Computer, Interest, Programming, School, Thinking)

"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
(Related: Children, Nothing, Programming, Want, Wrong)

"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
(Related: People, Programming)

"Programming is usually taught by examples."
- Niklaus Wirth
(Related: Programming)

"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
(Related: Goal, Programming)

"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
(Related: Knowledge, Programming, Sound)

"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
(Related: Being, Influence, Language, Programming, Teaching)

"Experience shows that the success of a programming course critically depends on the choice of these examples."
- Niklaus Wirth
(Related: Experience, Success, Choice, Programming)

"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
(Related: Design, Development, Programming)

"But active programming consists of the design of new programs, rather than contemplation of old programs."
- Niklaus Wirth
(Related: Design, Contemplation, Old, Programming)

"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
(Related: Comedy, Drama, Programming)

"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
(Related: Management, Now, Programming)

"The heart and soul of network programming is series programming, the weekly repetition of characters you like having in your house."
- Dick Wolf
(Related: Soul, Heart, Network, Programming, Repetition)

"The fact that the same symbolic programming primitives work for those as work for math kinds of things, I think, really validates the idea of symbolic programming being something pretty general."
- Stephen Wolfram
(Related: Work, Idea, Being, Fact, Pretty, Programming)

"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
(Related: Idea, Content, Precedents, Programming)

"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
(Related: Computer, Games, Language, Play, Programming, Words)

"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
(Related: Engineering, Focus, Programming)