Programming Quotes

We live in a world where finding fault in others seems to be the favorite blood sport. It has long been the basis of political campaign strategy. It is the theme of much television programming across the world. It sells newspapers. Whenever we meet anyone, our first, almost unconscious reaction may be to look for imperfections.
Henry B. Eyring

The secret of living a life of excellence is merely a matter of thinking thoughts of excellence. Really, it’s a matter of programming our minds with the kind of information that will set us free.
Charles R. Swindoll

Most good programmers do programming not because they expect to get paid or get adulation by the public, but because it is fun to program.
Linus Torvalds

Object-oriented programming is an exceptionally bad idea which could only have originated in California.
Edsger Dijkstra

‘Programming’ is a four-letter word.
Craig Bruce

Everyday life is like programming, I guess. If you love something you can put beauty into it.
Donald Knuth

You might not think that programmers are artists, but programming is an extremely creative profession. It’s logic-based creativity.
John Romero

There was something amazingly enticing about programming.
Vint Cerf

Programming is the art of algorithm design and the craft of debugging errant code.
Ellen Ullman

Dad was diagnosed with lung cancer when I was a lad. From then on, he lived in fear that death was just around the corner, and he set about programming me to work hard and bring in some cash.
Marco Pierre White

Low-level programming is good for the programmer’s soul.
John Carmack

Successful weight loss takes programming, not willpower.
Phil McGraw

A programming language is for thinking about programs, not for expressing programs you’ve already thought of. It should be a pencil, not a pen.
Paul Graham

I didn’t get trained by the school system like other kids, and when I did concentrate on learning, my mind was cluttered and locked by the programming of the system.
Huey Newton

The best book on programming for the layman is ‘Alice in Wonderland’; but that’s because it’s the best book on anything for the layman.
Alan Perlis

‘All in With Laila Ali’ is educational, inspirational, compelling programming profiling individuals that have reached for the sky, pushed themselves to the limit and did things that you would think were impossible.
Laila Ali

One of the first major programming projects that I worked on when I was growing up in Ireland, back just coding by myself, was a programming language. Then I spent a bunch of time working on a new web framer. Just back-end things to make it easier to go in and build things on top of, do other development.
Patrick Collison

Study how to write smart contracts, which is the basic unit of programming a blockchain for business purposes. It is the equivalent of being taught HTML and Java during the early Internet days. And master how to create assets or tokenize existing ones on a blockchain.
William Mougayar

What is Oracle? A bunch of people. And all of our products were just ideas in the heads of those people – ideas that people typed into a computer, tested, and that turned out to be the best idea for a database or for a programming language.
Larry Ellison

Computing should be taught as a rigorous – but fun – discipline covering topics like programming, database structures, and algorithms. That doesn’t have to be boring.
Geoff Mulgan

Sports is the ultimate escape, the ultimate in reality programming. It’s true drama. You really don’t know what’s going to happen.
Rich Eisen

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

I was interested in computer programming as a kid. In fact, during my college days, I used to be a hacker.
Vatsal Sheth

I do not want to be a robot, a cog in society who answers ‘yes’ because ‘yes’ is considered the appropriate answer. Neither do I want to be a protestor. I just want to seek out what lies underneath the veils of politeness and programming that I’ve been given as a person in this society.
Damien Rice

We now think of internal representation as great big vectors, and we do not think of logic as the paradigm for how to get things to work. We just think you can have these great big neural nets that learn, and so, instead of programming, you are just going to get them to learn everything.
Geoffrey Hinton

Experience shows that the success of a programming course critically depends on the choice of these examples.
Niklaus Wirth

Marketing is the obverse of programming.
John McAfee

A programming language is low level when its programs require attention to the irrelevant.
Alan Perlis

Computer programming has always been a self-taught, maverick occupation.
Ellen Ullman

I understand what scripting and programming is, but do I know how to do it? Not really. But, I think that even knocking on the door allows you to understand a little bit of that kind of stuff. Mainly what ‘Silicon Valley’ has taught me, in that respect, is the business side of it, with that gold rush element as opposed to creating software.
Thomas Middleditch

However, when Java is promoted as the sole programming language, its flaws and limitations become serious.
Bjarne Stroustrup

The kind of programming that C provides will probably remain similar absolutely or slowly decline in usage, but relatively, JavaScript or its variants, or XML, will continue to become more central.
Dennis Ritchie

I also love Mole, the unsung hero of reality programming.
Kathy Griffin

Consumers are increasingly programming their own entertainment and content experiences.
Chad Hurley

Now, it’s my belief that Python is a lot easier than to teach to students programming and teach them C or C++ or Java at the same time because all the details of the languages are so much harder. Other scripting languages really don’t work very well there either.
Guido van Rossum

We still have a tradition certainly in English television; it’s faded a bit in the last five years, but we still have a tradition where the important thing is the quality and the challenging nature of the programming.
Rowan Atkinson

Ninety percent of games lose money; 10 percent make a lot of money. And there’s a consistency around the competitive advantages you create, so if you can actually learn how to do the art, the design, and the programming, you would be consistently very profitable.
Gabe Newell

My first app was released in July or August of 2008. It was a ‘fingermill’ – a treadmill for your fingers. My level of programming was quite basic to begin with, so it was more gimmicky to start with. Day one it was up there, I had 79 pounds worth of revenue.
Nick D’Aloisio

Programming is not a zero-sum game. Teaching something to a fellow programmer doesn’t take it away from you. I’m happy to share what I can, because I’m in it for the love of programming.
John Carmack

On the back end, software programming tools and Internet-based services make it easy to launch new global software-powered start-ups in many industries – without the need to invest in new infrastructure and train new employees.
Marc Andreessen

Programming is one of the most difficult branches of applied mathematics; the poorer mathematicians had better remain pure mathematicians.
Edsger Dijkstra

I remember growing up with television, from the time it was just a test pattern, with maybe a little bit of programming once in a while.
Francis Ford Coppola

My first introduction to computers and computer programming came during my freshman year of college. I majored in electrical engineering with a minor in computer science, so I learned during my required courses at Vanderbilt University.
Kimberly Bryant

We’re not programming to conservatives. We’re just not eliminating their point of view.
Roger Ailes

My work was fairly theoretical. It was in recursive function theory. And in particular, hierarchies of functions in terms of computational complexity. I got involved in real computers and programming mainly by being – well, I was interested even as I came to graduate school.
Dennis Ritchie

TV needs to be the medium for progress, not degeneration. There needs to be more programming for children. Plays need to become more responsible.
Fawad Khan

In philosophy, they talk a lot about humans being actual organic machines, and the idea of free will is something that we’ve made up. We actually don’t have free will. We’re acting according to our programming as organic mechanisms.
Joel Kinnaman

Any nerd who grew up around the time that I did, BBC programming was a treasure chest for us.
Chris Hardwick

In my daily work, I work on very large, complex, distributed systems built out of many Python modules and packages. The focus is very similar to what you find, for example, in Java and, in general, in systems programming languages.
Guido van Rossum

I started programming before even being in school.
Alexandra Elbakyan

The most important precedents deal with the whole idea of symbolic programming – the notion of setting up symbolic expressions that can represent anything one wants, and then having functions that operate on both their structure and content.
Stephen Wolfram

When I write a song, I always start on acoustic guitar, because that’s a good test of a song, when it’s really open and bare. You can often mislead yourself if you start with computers and samples and programming because you can disguise a bad song.
Martin Gore

I find languages that support just one programming paradigm constraining.
Bjarne Stroustrup

I love my music, so I want to produce, write, and serve my music. I’ve had to learn about EQ frequencies and programming and space and clutter and how to be a better piano or bass player – everything.
FKA twigs

Doing and making positive programming for young people is so important to me, and I will keep doing it.

When people have options for what they want to see, it forces the quality of programming and content to be higher.
Will Packer

Some programming languages manage to absorb change, but withstand progress.
Alan Perlis

Our legislation addresses broadcasts over the public airwaves, but I hope the cable and satellite industries see the importance of this issue and voluntarily create a family tier of programming and offer culturally responsible products.
Charles W. Pickering

In 1989, I was awarded the Von Neumann Prize in Operations Research Theory by the Operations Research Society of America and The Institute of Management Sciences. They cited my works in the areas of portfolio theory, sparse matrix techniques and the SIMSCRIPT programming language.
Harry Markowitz

Many years ago, Bill Gates said that one day we’d be able to click on the shoes of a character in a TV show and buy them online. Whether that happens or not, are you thinking about new ways to combine your assets in programming, customer knowledge, and technology?
Brian L. Roberts

Gates is the ultimate programming machine. He believes everything can be defined, examined, reduced to essentials, and rearranged into a logical sequence that will achieve a particular goal.
Stewart Alsop

Don’t tell television, but there is some superior programming being made on the Interwebz.
Chris Hardwick

APL is a mistake, carried through to perfection. It is the language of the future for the programming techniques of the past: it creates a new generation of coding bums.
Edsger Dijkstra

The displacement of scripted series by reality programming continues to be a severe obstacle to a working actor’s ability to earn a living.
Alan Rosenberg

It’s not going to be too much longer before Xbox Live produces programming.
Peter Jackson

I’m perfectly happy complaining, because it’s cathartic, and I’m perfectly happy arguing with people on the Internet because arguing is my favourite pastime – not programming.
Linus Torvalds

At MIT, mostly what I did was documentation. I sort of read things. Wrote some descriptions of various aspects of the file system. Did not really do very much programming at all. At least on Multics.
Dennis Ritchie

Programming is usually taught by examples.
Niklaus Wirth

When I was 13, I thought I was pretty hot stuff because I knew BASIC programming, self-taught on the family’s Commodore 64. One of my crowning accomplishments was writing a silly little program that showed a crudely-drawn Space Shuttle lifting off in a cloud of pixelated smoke.
Walter O’Brien

Art history and Elizabethan poetry don’t employ workers; the arduous and tedious application of business sciences such as computer programming and accounting does.
Edward Conard

In a budget, how important is art versus music versus athletics versus computer programming? At the end of the day, some of those trade-offs will be made politically.
Bill Gates

Obviously with the onset of cable and satellite, there are more opportunities for programming and original programming, so it creates more opportunities for actors and producers and directors and everything.
Anthony Michael Hall

In English every word can be verbed. Would that it were so in our programming languages.
Alan Perlis

The most important thing in the programming language is the name. A language will not succeed without a good name. I have recently invented a very good name and now I am looking for a suitable language.
Donald Knuth

CBS has received a strong and positive response from the YouTube community about the quality of its programming.
Chad Hurley

People who passionately want to believe that the world is basically simple react to this with a fury that goes beyond what I consider appropriate for discussing a programming language.
Bjarne Stroustrup

We think we’re going to be especially strong in platform where we have our two platform brands: our database brand is the Oracle Database 12c, and our programming language brand is this thing called Java.
Larry Ellison

Computer programming has been traditionally seen as something that is beyond most people – it’s only for a special group with technical expertise and experience. We have developed ‘Scratch’ as a new type of programming language, which is much more accessible.
Mitchel Resnick

A lot of MTV’s programming is hip-hop based, and the messages are usually all about bling bling. A lot of hip-hop artists sing about stuff that’s more important, but they seldom get heard. The ones who get heard are the ones saying, ‘Think about yourself. Make your money. It’s all you. Everybody have a good time and party.’
Daron Malakian

Our mandate at Nerdist is that we only get involved with nice people around things that we love. We have the luxury of being in the demographic that we’re programming for.
Chris Hardwick

I didn’t do programming language stuff in college at all.
James Gosling

I love cities, and I love city governments in particular. But in politics it would have taken me 8 years from implementing a policy before I would get to see the feedback. With programming I could model the same policies and see the impact immediately. Technology is a far more efficient way to test.
Jack Dorsey

I would argue that the charter schools are really good at building programming and curriculum around the issues and the interests of the kids that they serve.
Charlie Baker

I knew I wanted to make good television, create content that’s massy, and provide programming that would invite families to come together and witness these ‘reel’ lives.
Ekta Kapoor

That’s what we’re focusing on at Not Impossible Labs, looking at problems or needs that can be solved through hacking, modding, programming, whatever, so it helps one person first but has the potential to help many others.
Mick Ebeling

Youku Tudou is a hybrid, like combining Netflix and YouTube. Like Netflix, with Youku, which launched in 2005, we syndicate a library of longform content and create original content. The Tudou model started with user-generated content but is increasingly becoming about partner-generated programming.
Victor Koo

Nevertheless, I consider OOP as an aspect of programming in the large; that is, as an aspect that logically follows programming in the small and requires sound knowledge of procedural programming.
Niklaus Wirth

The first step toward maintaining autonomy in any programmed environment is to be aware that there’s programming going on. It’s as simple as understanding the commercials are there to help sell things. And that TV shows are there to sell commercials, and so on.
Douglas Rushkoff

Children’s programming in America, I think it’s pretty shoddy in terms of lack of diversity. It’s pretty much cartoons and Disney sort of shows. I don’t find any of that stimulating for children.
Alex Kingston

I got my first computer at the age of 6. To me, it was magic. By the time I was 12, I wanted to know the secrets behind the wizardry, and that started my journey toward computer programming. This was the early 1990s, when computers weren’t built for the mass market.
Tobias Lutke

Just as someone who’s been interested in radio and programming for so long, I can usually tell when an interviewer is doing a segment just to fill a programming slot. They ask questions, but they don’t care about the answers.
Chris Hardwick

Perhaps storytellers don’t need to care as much about the future as executives and investors do. After all, isn’t it possible that technology will enable storytellers to connect directly to their audience without the need for anyone to share the programming decisions or the profit in between? Don’t bet on it.
John Landgraf

I loved logic, math, computer programming. I loved systems and logic approaches. And so I just figured architecture is this perfect combination.
Maya Lin

I hope to see more programming, more shows, more actors of mixed ethnicity, more young kids of mixed ethnicity choosing to be in the entertainment industry.
Charles Michael Davis

Proprietary programming like news can be a great weapon.
Alan Gerry

We have had conversations with Lucasfilm, and we continue to have them. I think it would be wonderful to extend that brand onto our programming.
Channing Dungey

I would passionately make the case that the harder the times, the more we need things that aren’t just about keeping our job and making a buck – important though those things are. Arts programming isn’t some sort of add-on or ornamental luxury.
Simon Schama

I’ve been programming computers since elementary school, where they taught us, and I stuck with computer science through high school and college.
Masi Oka

I have always been making art from an early age but for nearly forty years did computer programming to earn a living. I bought a house and put my wife and three children through college. Now that diversion is over so I can finally paint full time.
Mike Thompson

I don’t think there is enough educational programming, but unfortunately, television is built around advertising and those shows don’t get the big ratings.
Will McDonough

I have no idea how to become successful in children’s tv programming today other than to say that whereever you find that rare animal being pursued, insert yourself into its environment; get in the door in any position and work from within.
William Jackson

Epic started out with scripting languages in the first generation of the Unreal engine in 1998. I wrote that. There’s a place in my heart that comes along with the simplicity of programming in a scripting language.
Tim Sweeney

At a time when every series we’re supposed to be DVR-ing is very important, very serious, has to do with heavy, heavy matters, I think ‘Wet Hot’ provides a respite to that DVR homework. It’s totally the gummy bears of your programming.
Lake Bell

I guess probably in my time in politics, it continued to be affirmed to me that the African-American community, despite being subscription television’s most valuable customers, they are very underserved by cable and satellite television programming options.
J. C. Watts

Rural communities and our nation’s economy also stand to benefit from broadband expansion. Rural schools can expand the quantity and quality of educational programming. Rural communities can attract businesses and investment.
Abigail Spanberger

The demand for standup in the eighties was created by how easy it was to exploit ‘comedians’ and create very cheap television programming.
Marc Maron

Enzymes – plainly the most important biotechnology of our era – already permeate many industrial processes. Unlike fossil fuels, they carry chemical programming which drives complex reactions, are renewable, and work at ordinary pressures and temperatures.
Gregory Benford

I felt there was a need for us to build a new programming language. I also had come to see that Microsoft functions best when it controls its own destiny.
Anders Hejlsberg

‘Fight Master’ is a show that Spike came up with. Obviously, Spike has a vested interest in Bellator, which is filling a void that was created when the UFC and ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ left and went to Fox. I think this fills a huge piece of the puzzle for the folks at Spike, in terms of demographics and what programming they like to do.
Randy Couture

After graduating in 1973 I went into the programming field.
W. Richard Stevens

There’s still too much filler, copycat programming that’s out there. We work so hard to pioneer new ideas, and then those ideas are just regurgitated by other networks. That’s not good for anybody, I think. That’s not good for our business. That’s not good for our audience.
Nancy Dubuc

As a kid, I was always into art at the same time as computers, and eventually I realised I was making more interesting stuff with my keyboard than with my hands. I really enjoyed modifying computer games more than playing them, so that got me into programming.
Aaron Koblin

I don’t ever know where I’m going. Because one of the wonderful things about writing, which is different than working in programming, you don’t need to know. You could just write and discover where you’re going. And it’s a great deal of fun.
Walter Mosley

We already have a professor who’s using an online social network of MIT alums to help educate students in programming. Just imagine expanding that in Facebook-fashion to tens or hundreds of millions of people around the world.
Anant Agarwal

I’m thinking of going to programming school. Learn how to sit down at any computer and learn to do anything on it. That’s all I have left and have interest in.
Marc Wallice

Ethereum has taken what was a four-function calculator of a programming language in Bitcoin and turned it into a full-fledged computer.
Fred Ehrsam

By delivering a wide array of programming to YouTube, the NBA will be able to connect with its existing worldwide fan base and reach a vast new audience that is passionate about basketball.
Chad Hurley

Augmented reality will drive all things like chat, social networking, photos, videos, organizing data, modeling, painting, motion capture, and visual programming. Every form of computing will be combined together and unified in a single platform.
Tim Sweeney

Television programming is the number one topic on Twitter, and dozens of start-ups in the social space are linking second-screen experiences. People no longer need to sit on the same couch to enjoy a show together.
Jay Samit

I used to do all my programming on a BBC computer. It was limited to 16 tracks, and you used the keyboard, not a mouse, to input, but I was using it so long, I got quite fast at it.
Vince Clarke

I look forward to beginning a relationship with Al Jazeera America, which has made a commitment to producing quality programming and pursuing underreported stories.
Soledad O’Brien

When The Muppet Show ended, we all sat around and said, what kind of television show would we like to do. We felt the need these days are for some quality children’s programming.
Jim Henson

It’s been quite a ‘pattern interrupt’, a massive change of the old programming.
Kenny Loggins

Many people tend to look at programming styles and languages like religions: if you belong to one, you cannot belong to others. But this analogy is another fallacy.
Niklaus Wirth

I wanted to make an explicitly educational comic that taught readers the concepts I covered in my introductory programming class. That’s what ‘Secret Coders’ is. It’s both a fun story about a group of tweens who discover a secret coding school, and an explanation of some foundational ideas in computer science.
Gene Luen Yang

More people are asking me to come and sing for them, so obviously I am getting more work. But apart from singing, I have been parallely programming and producing music tracks and assisting music directors. That is my bread and butter, which is how I survived in Mumbai. Now I can’t leave it.
Arijit Singh

Yeah, my drum programming especially is based on my knowledge of playing a drum kit. For the bass too, definitely. It was the first thing that I translated any sort of ideas through. It must have shaped it somehow.
Tom Jenkinson

I’ve been to CrossFit affiliates all over the world and the programming varies, the coaches are different, but it feels the same. Always welcoming, always fun. Whereas with a regular gym you go in, put your headphones on and don’t talk to anybody.
Rich Froning Jr.

The brain sure as hell doesn’t work by somebody programming in rules.
Geoffrey Hinton

But active programming consists of the design of new programs, rather than contemplation of old programs.
Niklaus Wirth


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