Lisp isn’t a languages it’s a building material.
- Alan Kay
A C program is like a fast dance on a newly waxed dance floor by people carrying razors.
- Waldi Ravens
I think Microsoft named .Net so it wouldn’t show up in a Unix directory listing.
Fine, Java MIGHT be a good example of what a programming language should look like. But Java applications are good examples of what applications SHOULDN’T behave like.
The use of COBOL cripples the mind; its teaching should therefore be regarded as a criminal offense.
FORTRAN is not a flower but a weed - it is hardy, occasionally blooms, and grows in every computer.
- Alan J. Perlis
I invented “Object-Oriented Programming” and I can tell you that C++ is not what I had in mind.
- Alan Kay
Python is a drop-in replacement for BASIC in the sense that Optimus prime is a drop-in replacement for a trunk.
- Cory Dodt
PHP is a minor evil perpetrated and created by incompetent amateurs, whereas Perl is a great and insidious evil, perpetrated by skilled but perverted professionals.
- Jon Ribbens
Perl - The only language that looks the same before and after RSA encryption.
- Keith Bostic