Edsger Dijkstra

Eulogy [2 ] and [1 ]

Goto paper [3 ] (a paper about "GO TO" statements)

[collected works at UT site: http://www.cs.utexas.edu/users/EWD ]

[relation to semaphores, vector, stack, Algol 60, ...]


GPS: My favorite quote (from one of his papers at the URI above) is:

"Being a better programmer means being able to design more effective and trustworthy programs and knowing how to do that efficiently. It is about not wasting storage cells or machine cycles and about avoiding those complexities that increase the number of reasoning steps needed to keep the design under strict intellectual control." Edsger W. Dijkstra


GS: Another one:

"The fathers of the field had been pretty confusing: John von Neumann speculated about computers and the human brain in analogies sufficiently wild to be worthy of a medieval thinker, and Alan Turing thought about criteria to settle the question of whether machines can think, a question of which we now know that it is about as relevant as the question of whether submarines can swim."

Professor Edsger Dijkstra, at the ACN South Central Regional Conference, Austin, Texas, 16 to 18 November 1984