Bjarne Stroustrup

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Bjarne Stroustrup (December 30, 1950– ) is a computer scientist and creator of the C++ programming language.


  • Within C++, there is a much smaller and cleaner language struggling to get out.
  • Proof by analogy is fraud.
    • Stroustrup, Bjarne. The C++ Programming Language, 692.
  • Design and programming are human activities; forget that and all is lost.
    • Stroustrup, Bjarne. The C++ Programming Language, 693.
  • A program that has not been tested does not work.
    • Stroustrup, Bjarne. The C++ Programming Language, 712.
  • "How to test?" is a question that cannot be answered in general. "When to test?" however, does have a general answer: as early and as often as possible.
    • Stroustrup, Bjarne. The C++ Programming Language, 712.
  • An organisation that treats its programmers as morons will soon have programmers that are willing and able to act like morons only.
    • Stroustrup, Bjarne. The C++ Programming Language, 713.
  • Anybody who comes to you and says he has a perfect language is either naive or a salesman.
    • in C++ 0x - An Overview at University of Waterloo Computer Science Club [1]
  • I have always wished for my computer to be as easy to use as my telephone; my wish has come true because I can no longer figure out how to use my telephone.


  • [Corporate programming] is often done to the point where the individual is completely submerged in corporate "culture" with no outlet for unique talents and skills. Corporate practices can be directly hostile to individuals with exceptional skills and initiative in technical matters. I consider such management of technical people cruel and wasteful.
  • The connection between the language in which we think/program and the problems and solutions we can imagine is very close. For this reason restricting language features with the intent of eliminating programmer errors is at best dangerous.

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