20 July 2010

Someone gives a different answer

A teacher teaching Maths to seven year old Pranav asked him, "If I give you one apple and one apple and one apple, how many apples will you have?” Within a few seconds Pranav replied confidently, "Four!"

The dismayed teacher was expecting an effortless correct answer (three). She was disappointed. "Maybe the child did not listen properly," she thought. She repeated, "Pranav, listen carefully. If I give you one apple and one apple and one apple, how many apples will you have?"

Pranav had seen the disappointment on his teacher's face. He calculated again on his fingers. But within him he was also searching for the answer that will make the teacher happy.. His search for the answer was not for the correct one, but the one that will make his teacher happy. This time hesitatingly he replied, "Four…"

The disappointment stayed on the teacher's face. She remembered that Pranav liked strawberries. She thought maybe he doesn't like apples and that is making him loose focus. This time with an exaggerated excitement and twinkling in her eyes she asked, "If I give you one strawberry and one strawberry and one strawberry, then how many you will have?"

Seeing the teacher happy, young Pranav calculated on his fingers again. There was no pressure on him, but a little on the teacher. She wanted her new approach to succeed. With a hesitating smile young Pranav enquired, "Three?"
The teacher now had a victorious smile. Her approach had succeeded. She wanted to congratulate herself. But one last thing remained. Once again she asked him, "Now if I give you one apple and one apple and one more apple how many will you have?"

Promptly Pranav answered, "Four!"

The teacher was aghast. "How Pranav, how?" she demanded in a little stern and irritated voice.

In a voice that was low and hesitating young Pranav replied, "Because I already have one apple in my bag."

"When someone gives you an answer that is different from what you expect. Don't think they are wrong. There may be an angle that you have not understood at all. You will have to listen and understand, but never listen with a predetermined notion."

16 July 2010

Quotes on simplicity, experience by great people

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Here we go for the comments given by great people (even anonymous is there in the list) over the topics like simplicity, experience, organization stuffs and so on.,

Awesome Quotes….
(Note: No offence meant to anyone..)


UNIX is simple. But It just needs a genius to understand its simplicity.
-Dennis Ritchie

Before software can be reusable, it first has to be usable.
—Ralph Johnson

Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment.
-Fred Brooks

It's hard enough to find an error in your code when you're looking for it;
It's even harder when you've assumed your code is error-free.
-Steve McConnell

The trouble with the world is that the stupid are sure,
and the intelligent are full of doubt.
-Bertrand Russell

(This is the best 1.....)
If debugging is the process of removing bugs,
Then programming must be the process of putting them in..
-Edsger Dijkstra

You can either have software quality or you can have pointer arithmetic;
You cannot have both at the same time.
–Bertrand Meyer

There are two ways to write error-free programs; only the third works.
-Alan J. Perlis

Measuring programming progress by lines of code is like measuring
aircraft building progress by weight.
-Bill Gates

The first 90% of the code accounts for the first 90% of the development time.
The remaining 10% of the code accounts for the other 90% of the development time.
-Tom Cargill

Programmers are in a race with the Universe to create bigger and better idiot-proof programs.
The Universe is trying to create bigger and better idiots.
So far the Universe is winning.

Theory is when you know something, but it doesn't work.
Practice is when something works, but you don't know why it works.
Programmers combine Theory and Practice:
Nothing works and they don't know why.

The Six Phases of a Project:
• Enthusiasm
• Disillusionment
• Panic
• Search for the Guilty
• Punishment of the Innocent
• Praise for non-participants