„The complexity of software is an essential property, not an accidental one. Hence, descriptions of a software entity that abstract away its complexity often abstracts away its essence.“

—  Fred Brooks, No Silver Bullet

Page 183.
No Silver Bullet (1986)

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„The entire history of software engineering is that of the rise in levels of abstraction.“

—  Grady Booch American software engineer 1955

Grady Booch in his talk "The Limits of Software."; Cited in: Gerry Boyd (2003) " Executable UML: Diagrams for the Future http://www.devx.com/enterprise/Article/10717." published at devx.com, February 5, 2003.
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„The function of good software is to make the complex appear to be simple.“

—  Grady Booch American software engineer 1955

Attributed to Booch in: Frank H. P. Fitzek et al. (2010) Qt for Symbian. p. xv

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„Against the average user, anything works; there's no need for complex security software. Against the skilled attacker, on the other hand, nothing works.“

—  Bruce Schneier American computer scientist 1963

The Fallacy of Trusted Client Software, Schneier, Bruce, 2001-08, Cryptogram newsletter, 2018-08-12 https://www.schneier.com/essays/archives/2000/08/the_fallacy_of_trust.html,
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„All idealization makes life poorer. To beautify it is to take away its character of complexity — it is to destroy it.“

—  Joseph Conrad, livro The Secret Agent

Fonte: The Secret Agent (1907), Ch. 3
Contexto: All idealization makes life poorer. To beautify it is to take away its character of complexity — it is to destroy it. Leave that to the moralists, my boy. History is made by men, but they do not make it in their heads. The ideas that are born in their consciousness play an insignificant part in the march of events. History is dominated and determined by the tool and the production — by the force of economic conditions. Capitalism has made socialism, and the laws made by the capitalist for the protection of property are responsible for anarchism. No one can tell what form the social organisation may take in the future. Then why indulge in prophetic phantasies? At best they can only interpret the mind of the prophet, and can have no objective value. Leave that pastime to the moralists, my boy.

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„Far too often, "software engineering" is neither engineering nor about software.“

—  Bjarne Stroustrup Danish computer scientist, creator of C++ 1950

Bjarne Stroustrup's FAQ: Did you really say that?, 2011-04-11 http://www.stroustrup.com/bs_faq.html#really-say-that,

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„There's only one trick in software, and that is using a piece of software that's already been written.“

—  Bill Gates American business magnate and philanthropist 1955

Interview with Electronics magazine (1989)

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„If the users don't control the program, the program controls the users. With proprietary software, there is always some entity, the "owner" of the program, that controls the program—and through it, exercises power over its users. A nonfree program is a yoke, an instrument of unjust power.“

—  Richard Stallman American software freedom activist, short story writer and computer programmer, founder of the GNU project 1953

Free Software Is Even More Important Now (September 2013) https://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-software-even-more-important.html

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