Wednesday, September 06, 2006

More Quotes From Niklaus Wirth

"Whereas Europeans generally pronounce my name the right way ('Ni-klows Wirt'), Americans invariably mangle it into 'Nick-les Worth'. This is to say that Europeans call me by name, but Americans call me by value."

Wirth's law: "Software gets slower faster than hardware gets faster".

Wirth first endeared himself to me back in the early days of 1980s PC mania when he said that it didn't matter if you gave them the best computers, children still needed to know how to add and how to write.

Also the inventor of Pascal, the first "serious" programming language for many people including myself in those days.

Java is more common today.
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