Knuth quote

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When I speak about computer programming as an art, I am
thinking primarily of it as an art form, in an aesthetic sense. The
chief goal of my work as an educator and author is to help people
learn how to write beautiful programs…My feeling is that when we
prepare a program, the experience can be just like composing poetry or
music…Some programs are elegant, some are exquisite, some are
sparkling. My claim is that it is possible to write grand programs,
noble programs, truly magnificent ones!…computer programming is an
art, because it applies accumulated knowledge to the world, because it
requires skill and ingenuity, and especially because it produces
objects of beauty. Programmers who subconsciously view themselves as
artists will enjoy what they do and will do it better. – D. Knuth
(Computer Programming as an Art. Turing Award Speech 1974)


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