I consider the absolute worst programming construct to be subroutine or the function. Cleo SaulnierHello?!?! Why pay attention to some random crank on the Internet?
Because I think he is onto something important...
Rob Hagan at Monash had shown that you could teach students more Cobol with one semester of Scheme and one semester of Cobol than you could with three semesters of Cobol.Well that was before Functional Programming hit the headlines.
Richard O'Keefe on Erlang list
Lisp is worth learning for the profound enlightenment experience you will have when you finally get it; that experience will make you a better programmer for the rest of your days, even if you never actually use Lisp itself — Eric Raymond
God-el's Theorem says that for any record player, there are records which it cannot play because they will cause it to self-destruct
If you're trilingual you speak three languages, if you're bilingual you speak two languages, if you're monolingual you're American.Well if one reads that thread above, one would find that people were rather uptight with Mark Harris for that statement. And yet they have the same insular attitude towards ASCII-in-programming that Mark describes in Americans towards English (or more correctly Americanese); to wit they consider that programming with ASCII (alone) is natural, easy, convenient, obvious, universal, inevitable etc.
Mark Harris on the python list