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Maurice Wilkes (1950s)
• As soon as we started programming,
we found to our surprise that it wasn't
as easy to get programs right as we
had thought. Debugging had to be
discovered. I can remember the
exact instant when I realized that a
large part of my life from then on
was going to be spent in ﬁnding
mistakes in my own programs.
Donald Knuth (1990s)
• Question from audience: “Which programming language
do you prefer Java or C++?”
• Knuth: “Which has the better debugger?”
1936: There is no program that, given a
description of an arbitrary computer program,
can decide whether the program ﬁnishes
running or continues to run forever.
WORK ON RELIABILITY
Help programmers make fewer mistakes
Help programmers ﬁnd their mistakes
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