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One of my most productive days was throwing away 1,000 lines of code.
– Ken Thompson
The average gardener probably knows little about what is going on in his or her garden.
Grant, if we edited Fortran, I assume that you’d put a column thing in there.
I wanted to avoid, special IO for terminals.
In fact, we started off with two or three different shells and the shell had life of its own.
I think the major good idea in Unix was its clean and simple interface: open, close, read, and write.
In college, before video games, we would amuse ourselves by posing programming exercises.
No amount of source-level verification or scrutiny will protect you from using untrusted code.
So maybe I can go back to being a Gardeners’ World addict again.
I wanted to have virtual memory, at least as it’s coupled with file systems.
If you want to go somewhere, goto is the best way to get there.
A well installed microcode bug will be almost impossible to detect.
When in doubt, use brute force.
One is that the perfect garden can be created overnight, which it can’t.
I still have a full-time day job, which is why it took me five years to write An Ear to the Ground, and why I won’t have another book finished by next week.
On the one hand, the press, television, and movies make heroes of vandals by calling them whiz kids.
The X server has to be the biggest program I’ve ever seen that doesn’t do anything for you.
It is only the inadequacy of the criminal code that saves the hackers from very serious prosecution.
That brings me to Dennis Ritchie. Our collaboration has been a thing of beauty.
I wanted to separate data from programs, because data and instructions are very different.
I am a very bottom-up thinker.
There are no projects per se in the Computing Sciences Research Center.
I also have an idea for a book on biodiversity, and why and how we should be conserving it.
I have to keep up with the scientific literature as part of my job, but increasingly I found myself reading things that weren’t really relevant to my academic work, but were relevant to gardening.
It’s always good to take an orthogonal view of something. It develops ideas.
I am a programmer.