Author of the "Programming Pearls" column in the Communications of the ACM, which was the source of several outstanding books:
Member of technical staff at BellLabs
(out of date)
One of my favorite "Programming Pearls" was that on LittleLanguage
s [Jon Bentley, Little languages, Communications of the ACM, 29(8):711 -- 21, August 1986. http://portal.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=315691
In the appendix to the first edition of Programming Pearls
, he gives out ten pieces of engineering advice:
- Work on the right problem.
- Explore the design space of solutions.
- Look at the data.
- Use the back of the envelope.
- Exploit symmetry.
- Design with components.
- Build prototypes.
- Make trade-offs when you have to.
- Keep it simple.
- Strive for elegance.
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