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Premature Optimization is a Prerequisite for Success

Premature Destruction of Carthage is The Root of All Evil

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“Premature Optimization is the Root of All Evil” – everyone’s quoting Donald Knuth quoting Tony Hoar.
“Carthage must be destroyed” – everyone’s quoting Appian quoting Cato The Elder.
And what is Carthage? Who cares? We just know we must destroy it.
If you are applying for a construction job be sure they’ll ask you “What do you think of Carthage”. Rememeber: “must be destroyed”. “Carthage – destroy” – that’s all you need to know.
With software it’s even easier: “optimization – evil”. Now you should be prepared to answer trick questions like “When do you optmize”, “Name the most evil thing you ever did” and “At what age did you stop optimizing”.

Written by bbzippo

11/06/2009 at 4:55 am

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