Larry Wall

Larry Wall

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Author Profession: Canadian Author
Born: March 10, 1949
Age: 67 years old
Birth Sign: Pisces

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Younger hackers are hard to classify. They're probably just as diverse as the old hackers are. We're all over the map.

The three chief virtues of a programmer are: Laziness, Impatience and Hubris.

For me, writing is a love-hate relationship.

Hubris itself will not let you be an artist.

I take time to watch anime. I don't know whether I'm allowed to, but I do it anyway.

Perl was designed to work more like a natural language. It's a little more complicated but there are more shortcuts, and once you learned the language, it's more expressive.

The Harvard Law states: Under controlled conditions of light, temperature, humidity, and nutrition, the organism will do as it damn well pleases.

Real programmers can write assembly code in any language.

I want people to use Perl. I want to be a positive ingredient of the world and make my American history. So, whatever it takes to give away my software and get it used, that's great.

Many days I don't write any code at all, and some days I spend all day writing code.

The world has become a larger place. The universe has been expanding, and Perl's been expanding along with the universe.

To be a good artist, you have to serve the work of art and allow it to be what it is supposed to be.

Doing linear scans over an associative array is like trying to club someone to death with a loaded Uzi.

I talked about becoming stupid, but I've always been stupid. Fortunately I've been just smart enough to realize that I'm stupid.

I think computer science, by and large, is still stuck in the Modern age.

I think software patents are a bad idea. Many patents are given for trivial inventions.

I think the way IBM has embraced the open source philosophy has been quite astonishing, but gratifying. I hope they'll do very well with it.

If any ideology is so serious that you can't have fun while you're doing it, it's probably too serious.

Programmers can be lazy.

We all agree on the necessity of compromise. We just can't agree on when it's necessary to compromise.

The success of our operas rests most of the time in the hands of the conductor. This person is as necessary as a tenor or a prima donna. Giuseppe Verdi

If your mind is at work, we're in danger of reproducing another cliche. If we can keep our minds out of it and our thoughts out of it, maybe we'll come up with something original. Peter Falk

I just thank God that I didn't grow up with so much money or privilege because you had to create ways to make it happen. Kim Basinger

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