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.

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It's a bit ironic he is being called a software engineer when he was against that term. Perhaps software developer is more appropriate?Zvtok (talk) 23:03, 17 May 2018 (UTC)[]

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Relationship of structured programming to structured analysis and design.[edit]

"The techniques of structured analysis and structured design are outgrowths of structured programming concepts and techniques, and of the early ideas about modular design." Although this is widely believed, as the inventor of structured design, I can categorically assert that it is not true. Structured analysis derived directly from structured design and structured design was not in any way influenced by, derived from, or even inspired by structured programming. The only connection is in the use of the modifier "structured" first introduced in the famed IBM Systems Journal article. At the time I considered Dijkstra's work to be significant but much narrower in scope, as it had to do with programming/coding per se rather than the larger-scale design/engineering/organization of software systems. (talk) 15:52, 2 February 2018 (UTC) (Larry Constantine)[]


His death is both mentioned in the biography section under "last years", as well as in the "death" section. Should one be removed? (talk) 17:24, 14 February 2018 (UTC)[]