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The three chief virtues of a programmer are: Laziness, Impatience and Hubris.
Hubris itself will not let you be an artist.
The Harvard Law states: Under controlled conditions of light, temperature, humidity, and nutrition, the organism will do as it damn well pleases.
For me, writing is a love-hate relationship.
I think computer science, by and large, is still stuck in the Modern age.
Real programmers can write assembly code in any language.
Programmers can be lazy.
Doing linear scans over an associative array is like trying to club someone to death with a loaded Uzi.
Younger hackers are hard to classify. They're probably just as diverse as the old hackers are. We're all over the map.
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 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.
We all agree on the necessity of compromise. We just can't agree on when it's necessary to compromise.
I take time to watch anime. I don't know whether I'm allowed to, but I do it anyway.
I think software patents are a bad idea. Many patents are given for trivial inventions.
I want people to use Perl. I want to be a positive ingredient of the world and make my American history. So, whatever it takes to give away my software and get it used, that's great.
There is no schedule. We are all volunteers, so we get it done when we get it done. Perl 5 still works fine, and we plan to take the right amount of time on Perl 6.
I'm never satisfied because I've been always interested in too many things and I always want to do everything at once.
I think operating systems work best if they're free and open. Particular applications are more likely to be proprietary.
The problems that I really like to solve are our cultural problems.
We are so Post-Modern that we don't realize how Post-Modern we are anymore.
I still drive my 1977 Honda Accord. The paint is almost all worn off. It's still running.
If you're a large corporation, you can afford to pay the money to register patents, but if you're an individual like me, you can't.
One of the very basic ideas of Post-Modernism is rejection of arbitrary power structures. Different people are sensitive to different kinds of power structures.
Somebody out there is going to do something that's far more surprising than anything that I would do. I was surprised by the whole web thing in the first place.
When I announced the development of Perl 6, I said it was going to be a community design. I designed Perl, myself. It's limited by my own brain power. So I wanted Perl 6 to be a community design.
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