Vladimir Sedach

Have Emacs - Will Hack

December 20, 2011

Programming considered harmful

Topic: Software engineering

Take this argument far enough, and you are left with the S-K combinators, and now it is impossible to write good programs.

Having few features in a programming language is a fault, not a virtue. The bigger fault lies in failing to provide the language with the facilities to be extended with new features.

No amount of language design can force a programmer to write clear programs.

--Guy Steele & Gerald Sussman