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E. W. Dijkstra
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Computer Science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes.
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E. W. Dijkstra
It is practically impossible to teach good programming style to students that have had prior exposure to BASIC; as potential programmers they are mentally mutilated beyond hope of regeneration.
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E. W. Dijkstra
The question of whether a computer can think is no more interesting than the question of whether a submarine can swim.
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E. W. Dijkstra
The use of COBOL cripples the mind; its teaching should, therefore, be reguarded as a criminal offense.
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E. W. Dijkstra
The fathers of the field had been pretty confusing: John von Neumann speculated about computers and the human brain in analogies sufficiently wild to be worthy of a medieval thinker, and Alan Turing thought about criteria to settle the question of whether machines can think, a question of which we now know that it is about as relevant as the question of whether submarines can swim.
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E. W. Dijkstra, at the ACN South Central Regional Conference, Austin, Texas, 16 to 18 November 1984

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