Bjarne Stroustrup

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Bjarne Stroustrup

Bjarne Stroustrup (born December 30, 1950) is a computer scientist and creator of the C++ programming language.


Bjarne Stroustrup's FAQ: Did you really say that?. Retrieved on 2014-10-16.
  • Within C++, there is a much smaller and cleaner language struggling to get out.
  • Proof by analogy is fraud.
    • Stroustrup, Bjarne. The C++ Programming Language. pp. 692. 
  • Design and programming are human activities; forget that and all is lost.
    • Stroustrup, Bjarne. The C++ Programming Language. pp. 693. 
  • A program that has not been tested does not work.
    • Stroustrup, Bjarne. The C++ Programming Language. pp. 712. 
  • "How to test?" is a question that cannot be answered in general. "When to test?" however, does have a general answer: as early and as often as possible.
    • Stroustrup, Bjarne. The C++ Programming Language. pp. 712. 
  • An organisation that treats its programmers as morons will soon have programmers that are willing and able to act like morons only.
    • Stroustrup, Bjarne. The C++ Programming Language. pp. 713. 
  • Anybody who comes to you and says he has a perfect language is either naïve or a salesman.
    • in C++ 0x - An Overview at University of Waterloo Computer Science Club [1]
  • I have always wished for my computer to be as easy to use as my telephone; my wish has come true because I can no longer figure out how to use my telephone.
  • [Corporate programming] is often done to the point where the individual is completely submerged in corporate "culture" with no outlet for unique talents and skills. Corporate practices can be directly hostile to individuals with exceptional skills and initiative in technical matters. I consider such management of technical people cruel and wasteful.
  • I do not think that safety should be bought at the cost of complicating the expression of good solutions to real-life problems.
  • If you do anything useful it will haunt you forever after, and if you have a major success you get decades of hard manual labor - meaning you have to work on the manual.
  • One of the things I really like about programming languages is that it's the perfect excuse to stick your nose into any field. So if you're interested in high energy physics and the structure of the universe, being a programmer is one of the best ways to get in there. It's probably easier than becoming a theoretical physicist
    • "Bjarne Stroustrup - The Essence of C++" talk on 28 April 2014 at the University of Edinburgh's George Square Lecture Theatre.
  • Maybe "just one little global variable" isn't too unmanageable, but that style leads to code that is useless except to its original programmer
    • Stroustrup, Bjarne. The C++ Programming Language. pp. 467. 
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