Posted by malcolmdavis
on July 26, 2004 at 2:10 PM PDT
Over the last 30 years, weve seen many of the ideas reiterated. Maybe someday as a community, we will figure it out.
I've looked for the Humble Programmer sometime ago, and all I could find was a used copy on Amazon. You can now download a PDF copy from http://www.cs.utexas.edu/users/EWD/ewd03xx/EWD340.PDF
Over the last 30 years, many of the themes Dikjkstra talked about have been re-communicated over and over again. For instance, "The competent programmer is fully aware of the strictly limited size of his own skull; therefore he approaches the programming task in full humility, and among other things he avoids clever tricks like the plague.."
In Writing Solid Code, Steve Maguire says "Write code for the 'average' programmer".