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Glenn Vanderburg

Mar 17, 1994, 10:32:31 AM3/17/94
In article <>,
Lee Wittenberg <> wrote:
>``Premature optimization is the root of all evil.''
> -- Knuth

Just FYI ... after giving Knuth credit for this for years, I recently
saw a place where Knuth attributes it to C.A.R. Hoare. From ``The
Errors of TeX,'' on page 276 of _Literate_Programming_:

"But I also knew, and forgot, Hoare's dictum that premature
optimization is the root of all evil in programming."

Does anybody know where this statement first appeared?

(crossposted to alt.quotations)

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