log : gnusosa

keep fun in computing

Taken from Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs:

“I think that it's extraordinarily important that we in computer
science keep fun in computing. When it started out, it was an awful
lot of fun. Of course, the paying customers got shafted every now
and then, and after a while we began to take their complaints
seriously. We began to feel as if we really were responsible for
the successful, error-free perfect use of these machines. I don't
think we are. I think we're responsible for stretching them,
setting them off in new directions, and keeping fun in the house. I
hope the field of computer science never loses its sense of fun.
Above all, I hope we don't become missionaries. Don't feel as if
you're Bible salesmen. The world has too many of those already.
What you know about computing other people will learn. Don't feel
as if the key to successful computing is only in your hands. What's
in your hands, I think and hope, is intelligence: the ability to
see the machine as more than when you were first led up to it, that
you can make it more.”

Alan J. Perlis (April 1, 1922-February 7, 1990)

Dear friends, let's keep having fun.