“Testing leads to failure, and failure leads to understanding” – Burt Rutan
While developing a data logger for an advanced UAV inertial sensor I had to think about the quote below several times:
“There are two ways of constructing a software design: One way is to make it so simple that there are obviously no deficiencies, and the other way is to make it so complicated that there are no obvious deficiencies. The first method is far more difficult. It demands the same skill, devotion, insight, and even inspiration as the discovery of the simple physical laws which underlie the complex phenomena of nature.”
C. A. R. Hoare
Still my design is not simple, and still I have to discover the not so simple physical laws of that sensor :-(.
That quote from Sir Charles Antony Richard Hoare is so true. In case you did not know: he is the one who developed the quicksort algorithm. With this and all his other work he shaped the software and computer industry. And reminds me about the challenges and difficulties of constructing software……
Happy Constructing 🙂
“It’s not the fall that kills you; it’s the sudden stop at the end.”
I think I have to re-read all the Douglas Adams books as I’m not sure where he wrote that quote. Anyone?
Happy Reading 🙂
“If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it.”
I very much like that one from Margaret Fuller because this does not apply to all of us working in the education industry: so many engineers have so much knowledge, but do not share it, as if they are afraid that they will lose something? Sharing knowledge is an excellent way to increase your own knowledge too.
“If you are in a hurry, go slowly.”
Konfuzius, I hear you. But so hard to follow that advice. Simply too much going on right now. But I’ll give it a try….
“Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”
– Winston Churchill
“Grass does not grow faster, if you pull on it.”
– African Proverb
“There are 10 types of people in the world;
Those who understand binary and those who don’t.”
“Simplicity is a great virtue but it requires hard work to achieve it and education to appreciate it. And to make matters worse: complexity sells better.”
– Edsger W. Dijkstra