Subject: Re: Should I release ugly source?
From: Ian Lance Taylor <>
Date: 2 Apr 1999 15:18:44 -0500

   Date: Fri, 02 Apr 1999 21:12:27 +0100
   From: Ben Laurie <>

   John Gilmore wrote:
   > As someone said many years before computers, "I'm writing you a long
   > letter because I don't have time to write you a short one."  There
   > isn't always time to clean up the code after you learn how you
   > shouldn't have written it.  Send us the letter anyway, Dean!

   Damn, I wish I could remember who that was. Anyway, to put it another
   way: code that works is better than no code at all.

I believe it was Pascal (so, you see, the quote may have predated
computers, but there is a clear connection).