Recently I’ve been dipping into The Joy of Computers, and discovered some choice quotes.
“Anyone who can count from 0 to 7 on his or her fingers and make 8 can learn to be a programmer.”
Please, no! I’d have to add a few more “minimum qualifications”: imagination, love of recursion, maybe even the ability to count without using your fingers.
“[Computers] make it possible to ‘bottle’ thought.”
Version 3.5, bottled fresh from a natural spring in Scotland.
“You might imagine that the world of computing would be totally orderly, surgically sterile in its logic. I am happy to say that this is not at all the case.”
Hrm… Sometimes I wish it was. It would make things just so much easier.
Customer: I want program X
Me: Ok, I’ll make you program X
3 weeks later
Customer: Thankyou 🙂 This program X is just what I wanted. Here’s your money for those three weeks hard work.
But then again, life would be so much less interesting if it was this easy! Everything would be “Made in China” and I wouldn’t have a job. Not an appealing prospect at all.
Ok, I’ve only just finished the introduction now 🙂 Think I’ll resist the temptation to pick holes in their program listings! At least for a few more days.