Computers are still too hard

I’ve got the first reply to the first batch of emails i sent out. I’m honored to show you the answer of Brian Kernighan. He’s most famous for the The C Programming Language (sometimes referred to as “K&R”), but did some work on other languages and algorithms, too.

When I first began using computers over forty years ago, it seemed that programming was too difficult and machines were harder to use than they should be. Much has changed since then, but in spite of great advances, programming is still too difficult and machines are still too hard to use. Those are the important problems.

That is a very general answer and i hope i’ll get some more specific ones. Nevertheless i feel … excited … vivified after this first reply. Thank you very much Mr Kernighan!

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  1. […] is a common theme here. It started with Kernighan (programming is still too difficult) and continued with Felleisen who works on making programming […]

  2. […] get easily confused. The results are buggy programs, distressed users and wierd interfaces. “In spite of great advances, programming is still too difficult and machines are still too hard to us…“, Kernighan […]


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