About Larry Wall:
Larry Wall is a computer programmer and author, most widely known as the creator of the Perl programming language.
I think computer science, by and large, is still stuck in the Modern age.
Post-Modernism was a reaction against Modernism. It came quite early to music and literature, and a little later to architecture. And I think it's still coming to computer science.
Some of modern engineering is necessary to good art. But I think of myself is a cultural artist.
To be a good artist, you have to serve the work of art and allow it to be what it is supposed to be.
I think operating systems work best if they're free and open. Particular applications are more likely to be proprietary.
The Harvard Law states: Under controlled conditions of light, temperature, humidity, and nutrition, the organism will do as it damn well pleases.
The three chief virtues of a programmer are: Laziness, Impatience and Hubris.
Hubris itself will not let you be an artist.
I talked about becoming stupid, but I've always been stupid. Fortunately I've been just smart enough to realize that I'm stupid.
I think software patents are a bad idea. Many patents are given for trivial inventions.
I'm never satisfied because I've been always interested in too many things and I always want to do everything at once.
If any ideology is so serious that you can't have fun while you're doing it, it's probably too serious.
Many days I don't write any code at all, and some days I spend all day writing code.
I am not a sort of person who wants to run a company.
I still drive my 1977 Honda Accord. The paint is almost all worn off. It's still running.
Somebody out there is going to do something that's far more surprising than anything that I would do. I was surprised by the whole web thing in the first place.
The problems that I really like to solve are our cultural problems.
The world has become a larger place. The universe has been expanding, and Perl's been expanding along with the universe.
We all agree on the necessity of compromise. We just can't agree on when it's necessary to compromise.
We are so Post-Modern that we don't realize how Post-Modern we are anymore.