Interesting thoughts from Edsger Dijkstra (Turing Award Winner)

He’s about as far from the School of Hacks as you can possibly find in the field of Computer Science. While I am not sure I subscribe to his philosophy, his philosophy as documented on this video series “Discipline in Thoughts” is very interesting in our age. In particular, his disdain for the tech industries’ propensity to ship Beta or v1 craps and then rev it. It’s worth thinking about:

“You just cobble something together to sell. It need not be any good. As long as you can fool people into buying it, you can always try to make better versions later. So then you get these version numbers, even with decimals, version 2.6 or 2.7. That nonsense. While version 1 should have been the finished product.”


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