By Edsger W. Dijkstra
Because the summer time of 1973, whilst I turned a Burroughs examine Fellow, my lifestyles has been very various from what it have been earlier than. The day-by-day regimen replaced: rather than going to the college every day, the place I used to spend so much of my time within the corporation of others, I now went there just one day per week and used to be as a rule -that is, whilst now not travelling!- on my own in my examine. In my solitude, mail and the written notice often turned progressively more very important. The condition that my supplier and that i had the Atlantic Ocean among us was once one other incentive to maintain a reasonably whole checklist of what i used to be doing. the general public a part of that output stumbled on its position in what turned referred to as "the EWD series", which are considered as a sort of medical correspondence, attainable because the introduction of the copier. (That related copier makes it not easy to estimate its real distribution: i personally made approximately dozen copies of my texts, yet their recipients have been welcome to behave as extra nodes of the distribution tree. ) the choice to submit a se1ection from the EWD sequence in ebook shape was once initially hugely embarrassing, yet because the months glided by I obtained used to the belief. once a few guiding rules have been followed -preferably now not released in different places, as diversified and as consultant as attainable, and so forth.
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