The rise of Google, the rise of Facebook, the rise of Apple, I think are proof that there is a place for computer science as something that solves problems that people face every day.
The best way to prepare [to be a programmer] is to write programs, and to study great programs that other people have written. In my case, I went to the garbage cans at the Computer Science Center and fished out listings of their operating system
– Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder
With a lot of programs today, you’re not only saying what you want the program to do, you are saying in painful detail how you want it done. The way we get to take advantage of all of the progress in CPUs and memory is offloading some of that ‘how to’ to the infrastructure.
– Anders Hejlsberg, creator of Turbo Pascal, Delphi, C#
I really don’t like programming. I built this tool to program less so that I could just reuse code.
Rasmus Lerdorf, creator of PHP