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September 27, 2006

#163: Donald Knuth

Donald Knuth

[[Two programmers, one with a black hat and one without a hat, are sitting back to back at two separate desks, typing.]]

No-Hat Programmer: Man, you’re being inconsistent with your array indices. Some are from one, some are from zero.

Black-Hat Programmer: Different tasks call for different conventions. To quote Stanford algorithm’s expert Donald Knuth, “Who are you? How did you get in my house?”

No-Hat Programmer: Wait, what?

Black-Hat Programmer: Well, that’s what he said when I asked him about it.