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Erik Naggum

Date de naissance: 13. juin 1965
Date de décès: 17. juin 2009

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Erik Naggum was a Norwegian computer programmer recognized for his work in the fields of SGML, Emacs and Lisp. Since the early 1990s he was also a provocative participant on various Usenet discussion groups.Naggum made significant contributions to RFC 1123, which defines and discusses the requirements for Internet host software, and RFC 2049, which defines electronic information transfer of various binary formats through e-mail.

In a 1999 newspaper article in Dagbladet, he was interviewed about his aggressive, confrontational participation in Usenet discussion groups. Erik later stated his motto to be: "Some people are little more than herd animals, flocking together whenever the world becomes uncomfortable … I am not one of those people. If I had a motto, it would probably be Herd thither, me hither."

His premature death at the age of 44, On June 17, 2009, was caused by a massive bleeding ulcer, related to ulcerative colitis, which he was diagnosed with about 15 years before his death.

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„Structure is nothing if it is all you got. Skeletons spook people if they try to walk around on their own. I really wonder why XML does not.“

—  Erik Naggum
Re: The horror that is XML http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.lisp/msg/7d410e0ae791d1cb (Usenet article).

„A novice had a problem and could not find a solution. "I know," said the novice, "I'll just use Perl!" The novice now had two problems.“

—  Erik Naggum
Re: How is perl braindamaged? (was Re: Is LISP dying?) http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.lisp/msg/37b0ddc2524a8214 (Usenet article) Paraphrasing Jamie Zawinski, and also formulated as "The unemployed programmer had a problem. 'I know,' said the programmer, 'I'll just learn Perl.' The unemployed programmer now had two problems." in his famous "Perl treatise", Re: can lisp do what perl does easily? http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.lisp/msg/fc76ebab1cb2f863 (Usenet article).

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„XML is a giant step in no direction at all.“

—  Erik Naggum
Re: Q: parsing strings http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.lisp/msg/3343483b90c8eb4c (Usenet article).

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„Well, take it from an old hand: the only reason it would be easier to program in C is that you can't easily express complex problems in C, so you don't.“

—  Erik Naggum
Re: new to lisp (3rd time lucky) http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.lisp/msg/ef9b57ecc5555931 (Usenet article).

„Unformed people delight in the gaudy and in novelty. Cooked people delight in the ordinary.“

—  Erik Naggum
Re: Ousterhout and Tcl lost the plot with latest paper http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.functional/msg/3576250859e4d4aa (Usenet article).

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