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November 06, 2008, 00:13

Ah Edsger Dijkstra, I have so many mixed feelings about this guy.

I'm Dutch myself (and a programmer for that matter) and really admire his theories and papers on programming. He left a great body of work and much of his ideas are timeless.

But in this interview he seemed to be a bitter, patronizing and disdainful old fart who can do nothing else than speak of the evils in commercial software development.

And goodness, how sour he looks in this video. I probably couldn't stand a day near him.

Lighten up old man, life's too ffing short to be grumpy. Smoke a joint, empty a bottle of whiskey, get laid and write another amazing algorithm or two.

But please stop whining about how everything used to be better and how you alone know it all.

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