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Larry Wall quotes: Even the White House has a press agent. Even the White House has a press agent.
Larry Wall quotes: What about WRITING it first and rationalizing it afterwards? What about WRITING it first and rationalizing it afterwards?
Larry Wall quotes: Odd that we think definitions are definitive. Odd that we think definitions are definitive.
Larry Wall quotes: That which hits the fan tends to get flung in all directions. That which hits the fan tends to get flung in all directions.
Larry Wall quotes: Perl programming is an *empirical* science! Perl programming is an *empirical* science!
Larry Wall quotes: There's some entertainment value in watching people juggle nitroglycerin. There's some entertainment value in watching people juggle nitroglycerin.
Larry Wall quotes: Many days I don't write any code at all, and some days I spend all day writing code. Many days I don't write any code at all, and some days I spend all day writing code.
Larry Wall quotes: Obviously I was either onto something, or on something. Obviously I was either onto something, or on something.
Larry Wall quotes: We all agree on the necessity of compromise. We just can't agree on when it's necessary to compromise. We all agree on the necessity of compromise. We just can't agree on when it's necessary to compromise.
Larry Wall quotes: Down that path lies madness. On the other hand, the road to hell is paved with melting snowballs. Down that path lies madness. On the other hand, the road to hell is paved with melting snowballs.
Larry Wall quotes: And don't tell me there isn't one bit of difference between null and space, because that's exactly how much difference there is And don't tell me there isn't one bit of difference between null and space, because that's exactly how much difference there is
Larry Wall quotes: Sometimes I wish I could put an expiration date on my quotes. Sometimes I wish I could put an expiration date on my quotes.
Larry Wall quotes: Life gets boring, someone invents another necessity, and once again we turn the crank on the screwjack of progress hoping that nobody gets screwed. Life gets boring, someone invents another necessity, and once again we turn the crank on the screwjack of progress hoping that nobody gets screwed.
Larry Wall quotes: I think it's a new feature. Don't tell anyone it was an accident. I think it's a new feature. Don't tell anyone it was an accident.
Larry Wall quotes: A good messenger expects to get shot. A good messenger expects to get shot.
Larry Wall quotes: You want it in one line? Does it have to fit in 80 columns? You want it in one line? Does it have to fit in 80 columns?
Larry Wall quotes: And I don't like doing silly things (except on purpose). And I don't like doing silly things (except on purpose).
Larry Wall quotes: If any ideology is so serious that you can't have fun while you're doing it, it's probably too serious. If any ideology is so serious that you can't have fun while you're doing it, it's probably too serious.
Larry Wall quotes: The problems that I really like to solve are our cultural problems. The problems that I really like to solve are our cultural problems.
Larry Wall quotes: The purpose of most computer languages is to lengthen your resume by a word and a comma. The purpose of most computer languages is to lengthen your resume by a word and a comma.
Larry Wall quotes: What is the sound of Perl? Is it not the sound of a wall that people have stopped banging their heads against? What is the sound of Perl? Is it not the sound of a wall that people have stopped banging their heads against?
Larry Wall quotes: It's certainly easy to calculate the average attendance for Perl conferences. It's certainly easy to calculate the average attendance for Perl conferences.
Larry Wall quotes: I think I'm likely to be certified before Perl is ... I think I'm likely to be certified before Perl is ...
Larry Wall quotes: I think software patents are a bad idea. Many patents are given for trivial inventions. I think software patents are a bad idea. Many patents are given for trivial inventions.
Larry Wall quotes: Besides, REAL computers have a rename() system call. Besides, REAL computers have a rename() system call.
Larry Wall quotes: The autodecrement is not magical. The autodecrement is not magical.
Larry Wall quotes: It is easier to port a shell than a shell script. It is easier to port a shell than a shell script.
Larry Wall quotes: It would be possible to optimize some forms of goto, but I haven't bothered. It would be possible to optimize some forms of goto, but I haven't bothered.
Larry Wall quotes: I don't believe I've ever cuddled my elses. I don't believe I've ever cuddled my elses.
Larry Wall quotes: If you and I always agree, then one of us is redundant. If you and I always agree, then one of us is redundant.
Larry Wall quotes: We're really serious about reinventing everything that needs reinventing. We're really serious about reinventing everything that needs reinventing.
Larry Wall quotes: I talked about becoming stupid, but I've always been stupid. Fortunately I've been just smart enough to realize that I'm stupid. I talked about becoming stupid, but I've always been stupid. Fortunately I've been just smart enough to realize that I'm stupid.
Larry Wall quotes: When in doubt, parenthesize. At the very least it will let some poor schmuck bounce on the % key in vi. When in doubt, parenthesize. At the very least it will let some poor schmuck bounce on the % key in vi.
Larry Wall quotes: Are you perchance running on a 64-bit machine? Are you perchance running on a 64-bit machine?
Larry Wall quotes: I note that the Python folks still think they like JPython. I wonder how long that will last? I note that the Python folks still think they like JPython. I wonder how long that will last?
Larry Wall quotes: The problem with using C++ ... is that there's already a strong tendency in the language to require you to know everything before you can do anything. The problem with using C++ ... is that there's already a strong tendency in the language to require you to know everything before you can do anything.
Larry Wall quotes: Not that I'm against sneaking some notions into people's heads upon occasion. (Or blasting them in outright. Not that I'm against sneaking some notions into people's heads upon occasion. (Or blasting them in outright.
Larry Wall quotes: Don't wear rollerskates to a tug-of-war. Don't wear rollerskates to a tug-of-war.
Larry Wall quotes: Perhaps you should compile your Perl with long doubles one of these megaseconds. Perhaps you should compile your Perl with long doubles one of these megaseconds.
Larry Wall quotes: The potential of greater good goes right along with the potential for greater evil. The potential of greater good goes right along with the potential for greater evil.
Larry Wall quotes: I'm sorry, but you just made me lose my sense of humor, which is deeply regrettable. I'm sorry, but you just made me lose my sense of humor, which is deeply regrettable.
Larry Wall quotes: Think of prototypes as a funny markup languagethe interpretation is left up to the rendering engine. Think of prototypes as a funny markup language
the interpretation is left up to the rendering engine.
Larry Wall quotes: Psychotics are consistently inconsistent. The essence of sanity is to be inconsistently inconsistent. Psychotics are consistently inconsistent. The essence of sanity is to be inconsistently inconsistent.
Larry Wall quotes: Perl is designed to give you several ways to do anything, so consider picking the most readable one. Perl is designed to give you several ways to do anything, so consider picking the most readable one.
Larry Wall quotes: The young think they are immortal, and are determined to prove otherwise. The young think they are immortal, and are determined to prove otherwise.
Larry Wall quotes: The computer should be doing the hard work. That's what it's paid to do, after all. The computer should be doing the hard work. That's what it's paid to do, after all.
Larry Wall quotes: Would you trust the linguistic intuitions of someone who has been studying Latin or Greek for three days? Would you trust the linguistic intuitions of someone who has been studying Latin or Greek for three days?
Larry Wall quotes: Being famous has its benefits, but fame isn't one of them. Being famous has its benefits, but fame isn't one of them.
Larry Wall quotes: A journey of a thousand miles continues with the second step. A journey of a thousand miles continues with the second step.
Larry Wall quotes: The way I see it, if you declare something portable, you'll always be wrong, and if you declare it non-portable, you'll always be right. The way I see it, if you declare something portable, you'll always be wrong, and if you declare it non-portable, you'll always be right.
Larry Wall quotes: Some of modern engineering is necessary to good art. But I think of myself is a cultural artist. Some of modern engineering is necessary to good art. But I think of myself is a cultural artist.
Larry Wall quotes: Programmers can be lazy. Programmers can be lazy.
Larry Wall quotes: Well, you know, Hubbard had a bunch of people sworn to commit suicide when he died. So of course he never officially died ... Well, you know, Hubbard had a bunch of people sworn to commit suicide when he died. So of course he never officially died ...
Larry Wall quotes: I think the way IBM has embraced the open source philosophy has been quite astonishing, but gratifying. I hope they'll do very well with it. I think the way IBM has embraced the open source philosophy has been quite astonishing, but gratifying. I hope they'll do very well with it.
Larry Wall quotes: Although the Perl Slogan is There's More Than One Way to Do It, I hesitate to make 10 ways to do something. Although the Perl Slogan is There's More Than One Way to Do It, I hesitate to make 10 ways to do something.
Larry Wall quotes: For the sake of argument I'll ignore all your fighting words. For the sake of argument I'll ignore all your fighting words.
Larry Wall quotes: It's there as a sop to former Ada programmers. It's there as a sop to former Ada programmers.
Larry Wall quotes: I think operating systems work best if they're free and open. Particular applications are more likely to be proprietary. I think operating systems work best if they're free and open. Particular applications are more likely to be proprietary.
Larry Wall quotes: Unix is like a toll road on which you have to stop every 50 feet to pay another nickel. But hey! You only feel 5 cents poorer each time. Unix is like a toll road on which you have to stop every 50 feet to pay another nickel. But hey! You only feel 5 cents poorer each time.
Larry Wall quotes: The court finds everyone to be in contempt (including himself:;, and orders everyone sentenced to five years hard labor. (Working on Perl, of course. The court finds everyone to be in contempt (including himself:;, and orders everyone sentenced to five years hard labor. (Working on Perl, of course.
Larry Wall quotes: Human languages tend to be much more ambiguous than computer languages because humans are much smarter about interpreting the context. Human languages tend to be much more ambiguous than computer languages because humans are much smarter about interpreting the context.
Larry Wall quotes: Well, you can implement a Perl peek() with unpack('P', ... ). Once you have that, there's only security through obscurity. Well, you can implement a Perl peek() with unpack('P', ... ). Once you have that, there's only security through obscurity.
Larry Wall quotes: I think computer science, by and large, is still stuck in the Modern age. I think computer science, by and large, is still stuck in the Modern age.
Larry Wall quotes: It's appositival, if it's there. And it doesn't have to be there. And it's really obvious that it's there when it's there. It's appositival, if it's there. And it doesn't have to be there. And it's really obvious that it's there when it's there.