Jan L. A. van de Snepscheut

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Johannes Lambertus Adriana van de Snepscheut (12 September 195323 February 1994) was a computer scientist and educator.


  • In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But, in practice, there is.
    • Attributed by Doug Rosenberg and Matt Stephens (2007) Use Case Driven Object Modeling with UMLTheory and Practice p. xxvii
    • The earliest known appearance of this quote in print is Walter J. Savitch, Pascal: An Introduction to the Art and Science of Programming (1984), where it is attributed as a "remark overheard at a computer science conference". It circulated as an anonymous saying for more than ten years before attributions to van de Snepscheut and Yogi Berra began to appear (and later still to various others).

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