Quoting Jack Ganssle


Some quotes I found in Jack Ganssle's Embedded Muse Newsletter...


The use of COBOL cripples the mind; its teaching should, therefore, be
regarded as a criminal offence. (Edsger Dijkstra)

Consistently separating words by spaces became a general custom about the
tenth century A.D., and lasted until about 1957, when FORTRAN abandoned the
practice. (Sun FORTRAN Reference Manual)

Cobol has almost no fervent enthusiasts. As a programming tool, it has
roughly the sex appeal of a wrench. (Charles Petzold)

C++ is the only current language making COBOL look good. (Bertrand Meyer)

C++ has its place in the history of programming languages. Just as Caligula
has his place in the history of the Roman Empire. (Robert Firth)

Arguing that Java is better than C++ is like arguing that grasshoppers
taste better than tree bark. (Thant Tessman)

Java is, in many ways, C++--. (Michael Feldman)

If Java had true garbage collection, most programs would delete themselves
upon execution. (Robert Sewell)

It is practically impossible to teach good programming style to students
that have had prior exposure to BASIC; as potential programmers they are
mentally mutilated beyond hope of regeneration. (Edsger Dijkstra)

(For me this tells more about Dijkstra than about BASIC and I do admit: I started with BASIC on a Commodore PET and do still believe my style is somehow ok)

In my egotistical opinion, most people's C programs should be indented six
feet downward and covered with dirt. (Blair P. Houghton)

C++ is history repeated as tragedy. Java is history repeated as farce.
(Scott McKay)

Unix and C are the ultimate computer viruses. (Richard P Gabriel)

Now make the best of it...