„Job Control Language is the worst programming language ever designed anywhere by anybody for any purpose.“

"The IBM System/360 Revolution"
recorded by the Computer History Museum
April 7, 2004.

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„… greatest single programming language ever designed. (About the Lisp programming language.)“

—  Alan Kay computer scientist 1940

2003. Daddy, Are We There Yet? A Discussion with Alan Kay http://www.openp2p.com/pub/a/p2p/2003/04/03/alan_kay.html

Kenneth E. Iverson photo
Terry Pratchett photo

„My programming language was solder.“

—  Terry Pratchett English author 1948 - 2015

On his early computers, from a talk "When I Were A Lad, We Used To Dream of 64K" at the 63rd World Science Fiction Convention in Glasgow, Scotland, (August 2005)
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Rasmus Lerdorf photo

„I don't know how to stop it, there was never any intent to write a programming language […] I have absolutely no idea how to write a programming language, I just kept adding the next logical step on the way.“

—  Rasmus Lerdorf Danish programmer and creator of PHP 1968

Itconversations.com http://itc.conversationsnetwork.org/shows/detail58.html quoted in www.dasgenie.com http://www.dasgenie.com/scrap/archives/000060.html

Paul Graham photo

„A programming language is for thinking of programs, not for expressing programs you've already thought of.“

—  Paul Graham English programmer, venture capitalist, and essayist 1964

"Hackers and Painters" http://www.paulgraham.com/hp.html, May 2003

Erik Naggum photo

„C is not clean – the language has many gotchas and traps, and although its semantics are simple in some sense, it is not any cleaner than the assembly-language design it is based on.“

—  Erik Naggum Norwegian computer programmer 1965 - 2009

Re: teaching and learning with LISP/Scheme http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.lisp/msg/1c0fd1ffdb5d1b8b (Usenet article).
Usenet articles

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William Carlos Williams photo

„The job of the poet is to use language effectively, his own language, the only language which is to him authentic.“

—  William Carlos Williams American poet 1883 - 1963

From A Note on Poetry (circa 1936) quoted in Modern American Poetry (1950) by Louis Untermeyer
General sources

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„Among all the languages we know, we do not see anywhere, any as sweet as Tamil.“

—  Subramanya Bharathi Tamil poet 1882 - 1921

As quoted in Freedom Fighters of India, Vol. 3, Lion M. G. Agrawal (2008), "Subramaniya Bharathi", p. 235
Original: (ta) யாமறிந்த மொழிகளிலே தமிழ்மொழி போல்
இனிதாவது எங்கும் காணோம்po

Richard Stallman photo

„The hard part of programming is the same regardless of the language.“

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

"You broke the Internet. We're making ourselves a GNU one." (August 2013) https://gnunet.org/internetistschuld (around 02:16)
Contexto: Programming is programming. If you get good at programming, it doesn't matter which language you learned it in, because you'll be able to do programming in any language. The hard part of programming is the same regardless of the language. And if you have a talent for that, and you learned it here, you can take it over there. Oh, one thing: if you want to get a picture of a programming at its most powerful, you should learn Lisp or Scheme because they are more elegant and powerful than other languages.

Alan Kay photo

„The flip side of the coin was that even good programmers and language designers tended to do terrible extensions when they were in the heat of programming, because design is something that is best done slowly and carefully.“

—  Alan Kay computer scientist 1940

ACM Queue A Conversation with Alan Kay Vol. 2, No. 9 - Dec/Jan 2004-2005 http://queue.acm.org/detail.cfm?id=1039523
2000s, A Conversation with Alan Kay, 2004–05

Ward Cunningham photo

„My specific purpose for the first wiki was to create an environment where we might link together each other's experience to discover the pattern language of programming.“

—  Ward Cunningham American computer programmer who developed the first wiki 1949

A Conversation with Ward Cunningham (2003), Exploring with Wiki
Contexto: My specific purpose for the first wiki was to create an environment where we might link together each other's experience to discover the pattern language of programming. I had previously worked with a HyperCard stack that was set up to achieve the same kind of goal. I knew people liked to read and author in that HyperCard stack, but it was single user.

Larry Wall photo

„All language designers are arrogant. Goes with the territory…“

—  Larry Wall American computer programmer and author, creator of Perl 1954

[1991Jul13.010945.19157@netlabs.com, 1991]
Usenet postings, 1991

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„Now, I'm not the only language designer with irrationalities. You can think of some languages to go with some of these things.“

—  Larry Wall American computer programmer and author, creator of Perl 1954

"We've got to start over from scratch" - Well, that's almost any academic language you find.
"English phrases" - Well, that's Cobol. You know, cargo cult English. (laughter)
"Text processing doesn't matter much" - Fortran.
"Simple languages produce simple solutions" - C.
"If I wanted it fast, I'd write it in C" - That's almost a direct quote from the original awk page.
"I thought of a way to do it so it must be right" - That's obviously PHP. (laughter and applause)
"You can build anything with NAND gates" - Any language designed by an electrical engineer. (laughter)
"This is a very high level language, who cares about bits?" - The entire scope of fourth generation languages fell into this... problem.
"Users care about elegance" - A lot of languages from Europe tend to fall into this. You know, Eiffel.
"The specification is good enough" - Ada.
"Abstraction equals usability" - Scheme. Things like that.
"The common kernel should be as small as possible" - Forth.
"Let's make this easy for the computer" - Lisp. (laughter)
"Most programs are designed top-down" - Pascal. (laughter)
"Everything is a vector" - APL.
"Everything is an object" - Smalltalk and its children. (whispered:) Ruby. (laughter)
"Everything is a hypothesis" - Prolog. (laughter)
"Everything is a function" - Haskell. (laughter)
"Programmers should never have been given free will" - Obviously, Python. (laughter).
Public Talks, "Present Continuous - Future Perfect"

John McCarthy photo

„Program designers have a tendency to think of the users as idiots who need to be controlled. They should rather think of their program as a servant, whose master, the user, should be able to control it. If designers and programmers think about the apparent mental qualities that their programs will have, they'll create programs that are easier and pleasanter — more humane — to deal with.“

—  John McCarthy American computer scientist and cognitive scientist 1927 - 2011

" The Little Thoughts of Thinking Machines http://www-formal.stanford.edu/jmc/little.html", Psychology Today, December 1983, pp. 46–49. Reprinted in Formalizing Common Sense: Papers By John McCarthy, 1990, ISBN 0893915351

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