Bill Gates: Write programs

“Interviewer: Is studying computer science the best way to prepare to be a programmer? Bill Gates: No. the best way to prepare is to write programs, and to study great programs that other people have written. In my case, I went to the garbage cans at the Computer Science Center and I fished out listings of their operating system. You got to be willing to read other people’s code, then write your own, then have other people review your code. You’ve got to want to be in this incredible feedback loop where you get the world-class people to tell you what you’re doing wrong.”

—Programmers at Work: Interviews With 19 Programmers Who Shaped the Computer Industry, Tempus, by Susan Lammers (Editor). 

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Bill Gates: Fanatics

“I think the world’s best companies are built by fanatics. [That means that you] work day and night. Sort of don’t worry about the possibility of failure. Every setback is just something to work a little bit harder at doing. And you really know what you’re trying to achieve…. And you’re going to change your strategy until you can get that to happen.”

—Bill Gates.