Tag: donald knuth

  • The “Two Spaces after a Period” Thing

    The “Two Spaces after a Period” Thing

    Once upon a time, I told my friend Chet Justice why he should start using one space instead of two after a sentence-ending period. I’m glad I did. Here’s the story. When you type, you’re inputting data into a machine. I know you like feeling like you’re in charge, but really you’re not in charge of all…

  • What Donald Knuth Actually Wrote

    What Donald Knuth Actually Wrote

    I’ve been reading a little Knuth for the past couple of days. I’ve read about the famous statement, “premature optimization is the root of all evil,” many times, and yesterday I decided to read his statement in its whole context. You can find Knuth’s whole article here (thank you, Wikipedia): Knuth, Donald: Structured Programming with Goto Statements. Computing…