Tom Dawes-Gamble
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How many programmeres does it take to change a light bulb?

It depends on the language used.

In C it would take three programmers, and the light bulb would have to be removed and resinserted several times before they could get it to work. Moreover, nobody would be able to change the bulb after that!

In Ada it would only take one programmer, but before s/he could begin work, 37 bureaucrats would have to write proposals justifying the expense of changing the light bulb.

Lisp would actualy require no programmer, for once the progammer wrote the basic code, the bulb would change itself.

In Fourth the bulb would change the programmers.

And in Pascal, we'd just buy a new lamp, as it would be too much trouble to change the bulb.


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