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I'm looking for a reasonable reference to a known software personality who said something along the lines "make sure your software runs the most common cases fast/easy but all cases are possible". I'm sure there are many 80/20 quotes, so I'm looking for the most famous that gets that point across.


Dear Mods: Don;t you think a quote by Larry Wall regarding programming meets the criteria? You're harsh!

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closed as off topic by ChrisF, Gnoupi, Ivo Flipse Mar 25 '10 at 17:16

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Questions on Super User should be about computer software or hardware. Even if it is related to programming, a "quote" is not software, nor hardware. – Gnoupi Mar 25 '10 at 17:49
@Robot: @Gnoupi is right; this question is off-topic, try a different site such as – studiohack Mar 25 '10 at 22:04
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That sounds like the Larry Wall quote about his Perl programming language, that it should "make easy things easy and hard things possible".

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