Unix Philosophy

Famous UNIX philosophy quotes

“Unix is simple. It just takes a genius to understand its simplicity.” – Dennis Ritchie “Unix was not designed to stop its users from doing stupid things, as that would also stop them from doing clever things.” – Doug Gwyn “Unix never says ‘please’.” – Rob Pike “Unix is user-friendly. It just isn’t promiscuous about which users it’s friendly with.”… Read more →

Mike Gancarz: The UNIX Philosophy

Mike Gancarz drew on his own experience with Unix, as well as discussions with fellow programmers and people in other fields who depended on Unix, to produce The UNIX Philosophy which sums it up in 9 paramount precepts: Small is beautiful. Make each program do one thing well. Build a prototype as soon as possible. Choose portability over efficiency. Store… Read more →