InformIT: Interview with Donald Knuth

the idea of immediate compilation and “unit tests” appeals to me only rarely, when I’m feeling my way in a totally unknown environment and need feedback about what works and what doesn’t. Otherwise, lots of time is wasted on activities that I simply never need to perform or even think about. Nothing needs to be “mocked up.”

That’s just a provocative snippet, of course. The article ranges much wider than that, and contains a lot of interesting stuff from one of the giants of software engineering.

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