All posts by Andrew Odlyzko

Andrew Odlyzko is a mathematician and a former head of the University of Minnesota’s Digital Technology Center and of the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute. Before that he was a researcher and research manager at Bell Labs and AT&T Labs. His recent works are available at his home page

In Praise of Spaghetti Code

Spaghetti code is not getting any respect. Software experts denigrate it; coding classes avoid it like the plague; and when students go out into the world, they spend inordinate amounts of time trying to follow their mentors’ instructions. This unalloyed disparagement of spaghetti code is unfortunate, because we owe so much to it. Continue reading In Praise of Spaghetti Code