More Ramblings from a Los Angeles Programmer

July 2, 2007

Considered Harmful?

Filed under: coding, linguistics, technology — Josh DeWald @ 5:55 pm

I’m just curious if anybody knows where the “<Something> Considered Harmful” idea came from? I have a vague sense that it was something LISP or programming language related, but I’m not at all certain of that.

Examples:

Go To Statement Considered Harmful

 “Considered Harmful” Essays Considered Harmful

You know what’s hilarious…. I think the “Go To” one is the original… or at least that’s the one I was thinking of when I said “programming language related”.

My original search was specifically “origin on… ” or “source for…”. Perhaps I should have just searched for “Considered Harmful” as I did to locate references.

Update: I received a comment (and reread my post) and realized that it sounds like I’m saying “X” (as in the windowing system) is considered harmful. I mean basically where does “Considered Harmful” come from. Added examples.

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2 Comments »

  1. What is this in reference to? Where are you seeing “X Considered Harmful?”

    Comment by Kenneth Riggio — July 3, 2007 @ 12:50 am

  2. I mean the general statement ” Considered Harmful”

    Comment by Josh DeWald — July 3, 2007 @ 8:31 am


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