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Since we were talking about syntax, let’s look at classic Lisp. It seems to be the simplest of syntax, everything is a parenthesized list of symbols, numbers, and a few other things. What could be simpler? But in reality, it is not the simplest, since to achieve that uniformity, there has to be substantial overloading of the meaning of lists. They might be function calls, grouping constructs, or data literals, etc. And determining which requires using context, increasing the cognitive load when scanning code to assess its meaning. Clojure adds a couple more composite data literals to lists, and uses them for syntax. In doing so, it means that lists are almost always call-like things, and vectors are used for grouping, and maps have their own literals. Moving from one data structure to three reduces the cognitive load substantially.
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Особенность программирования (или любой другой работы, где платят за то, что Вы работаете мозгами) состоит в том, что нельзя отключить мозги, когда заканчивается оплачиваемое время.

Джо Армстронг, fprog.ru

I think that it's extraordinarily important that we in computer science keep fun in computing. When it started out, it was an awful lot of fun. Of course, the paying customers got shafted every now and then, and after a while we began to take their complaints seriously. We began to feel as if we really were responsible for the successful, error-free perfect use of these machines. I don't think we are. I think we're responsible for stretching them, setting them off in new directions, and keeping fun in the house. I hope the field of computer science never loses its sense of fun. Above all, I hope we don't become missionaries. Don't feel as if you're Bible salesmen. The world has too many of those already. What you know about computing other people will learn. Don't feel as if the key to successful computing is only in your hands. What's in your hands, I think and hope, is intelligence: the ability to see the machine as more than when you were first led up to it, that you can make it more.

Alan Perlis

Procrastination most often arises from a sense that there is too much to do, and hence no single aspect of the to-do worth doing... Underneath this rather antic form of action-as-inaction is the much more unsettling question whether anything is worth doing at all.

У всех нас на самом деле одна и та же проблема. Признать это мешает только гордость и глупость. Человек, даже очень хороший, всегда слаб, если он один. Он нуждается в опоре, в чем-то таком, что сделает его существование осмысленным. Ему нужно увидеть отблеск высшей гармонии во всем, что он делает. В том, что он изо дня в день видит вокруг.

Виктор Пелевин. "Желтая стрела".