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All Quotes by author - Niklaus Wirth
" A good designer must rely on experience, on precise, logic thinking; and on pedantic exactness. No magic will do. "
" But active programming consists of the design of new programs, rather than contemplation of old programs. "
" But quality of work can be expected only through personal satisfaction, dedication and enjoyment. In our profession, precision and perfection are not a dispensible luxury, but a simple necessity. "
" Clearly, programming courses should teach methods of design and construction, and the selected examples should be such that a gradual development can be nicely demonstrated. "
" Experience shows that the success of a programming course critically depends on the choice of these examples. "
" I have never designed a language for its own sake. "
" Indeed, the woes of Software Engineering are not due to lack of tools, or proper management, but largely due to lack of sufficient technical competence. "
" In the practical world of computing, it is rather uncommon that a program, once it performs correctly and satisfactorily, remains unchanged forever. "
" It is evidently necessary to generate and test candidates for solutions in some systematic manner. "
" 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. "
" My being a teacher had a decisive influence on making language and systems as simple as possible so that in my teaching, I could concentrate on the essential issues of programming rather than on details of language and notation. "
" My duty as a teacher is to train, educate future programmers. "
" 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. "
" Our ultimate goal is extensible programming (EP). By this, we mean the construction of hierarchies of modules, each module adding new functionality to the system. "
" Program construction consists of a sequence of refinement steps. "
" Programming is usually taught by examples. "
" Software development is technical activity conducted by human beings. "
" The idea that one might derive satisfaction from his or her successful work, because that work is ingenious, beautiful, or just pleasing, has become ridiculed. "
" The possible solutions to a given problem emerge as the leaves of a tree, each node representing a point of deliberation and decision. "
" Usually its users discover sooner or later that their program does not deliver all the desired results, or worse, that the results requested were not the ones really needed. "
" Yet, I am convinced that there is a need for high quality software, and the time will come when it will be recognized that it is worth investing effort in its development and in using a careful, structured approach based on safe, structured languages. "
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