Talk:Edsger W. Dijkstra

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Someone please clarify the sentence "In a 2001 interview, he stated a desire for "elegance," whereby the correct approach would be to process thoughts mentally, rather than attempt to render them until they are complete.". It is unclear to me what is meant by that statement.

Isn't it rather self-explanatory? The elegance Dijkstra stood for was a(n applied) variant of mathematical elegance. He rejected the anglo-saxon concept of iterative learning (= repeat until success has been reached). Before you started doing something he wanted you to know where you were planning to go and how you were going to do so. You shouldn't begin writing down a sentence before you knew exactly how it was going to end,...You could suspect that the 'backspace' and 'delete' key on a keyboard were abominations to him, because they encouraged slopiness. So the main idea is that you should always structure your thought mentally before outputting anything into the physical world.

Missing source[edit]

"Looking closely at himself he realized that if he wrote about things they would appreciate at the MC in Amsterdam his colleagues in Eindhoven would not understand; if he wrote about things they would like in Eindhoven, his former colleagues in Amsterdam would look down on him." — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 03:09, 24 June 2013 (UTC)

the following source which has many citations has a broken link:

Faulkner, Larry R.; Durbin, John R. (19 August 2013). "In Memoriam: Edsger Wybe Dijkstra". The University of Texas at Austin. Retrieved 20 August 2015.  — Preceding unsigned comment added by Photobro (talkcontribs) 01:32, 22 November 2016 (UTC) 

Image flipped[edit]

The photo seems to be flipped/reflected in order that the person look to the middle of the page. According to Wikipedia:Manual_of_Style/Images#Editing_images and Wikipedia:Image_dos_and_don'ts, this is not intended in Wikipedia. --Maformatiker (talk) 12:01, 7 August 2016 (UTC)

Yep, you're right. I've reverted to the non-flipped version. Thanks for bringing it up. Opencooper (talk) 12:07, 7 August 2016 (UTC)

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There is something saying that Dijkstra wanted to represent the Netherlands at UN during high school, but that was before 1948, and the UN had just barely formed? There's no source either. I want to know the origin of this info. Not saying it's not possible but somehow seems unlikely to me. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:09, 22 April 2017 (UTC)