A sufficiently large program

Tuesday 18 November 2003This is over 19 years old. Be careful.

For no particular reason (yeah, right!), I was reminded at work of this claim by Philip Greenspun:

Any sufficiently complicated C or Fortran program contains an ad-hoc, informally-specified bug-ridden slow implementation of half of Common Lisp.

Many more quips about computers and programming languages can be found at Quotes for Programmers.


Yah, that's Greenspun's Tenth Rule. You'd think that implies that there are at least 9 more rules, but nobody seems to know what they are. :-)

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