Subject: Re: Lisp is hard. Let's go shopping!
From: (Rob Warnock)
Date: Mon, 15 Mar 2004 07:42:55 -0600
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
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Joe Marshall  <> wrote:
| There seems to be a common conception that `programming is easy,
| anyone can do it'.  But programming is an art and the problem isn't
| `doing it', but `doing it well'.
| The fact is, programming a computer well is *damn hard* and probably
| *is* beyond the capabilities of the `foot soldier' programmer.

I hate to sound like a broken record by dragging out Dijkstra quotes
again so soon [barely two months ago, oddly enough in response to
something else you wrote], but as he said[1]:

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


[1] Edsger W. Dijkstra, "How do we tell truths that might hurt?" (1975)

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