Who said?

“There are only twenty-three problems in computing and we solve them again and again.”

I heard the quote from Larry Barnes, then of the “Bob and Larry Show” at the local Microsoft office, now with Accenture, last I checked. He didn’t claim the quote as original and I, as well as he, may have paraphrased it. Does anyone know the original source?

It does certainly ring true. I have coded the linked lists, the tree traversal, the parent-child-grandchild, the move-the-program-pointer and pop-the-stack, etcetera, etcetera. There only only a finite catalog of problem patterns and we solve them over and over again. But I would like to give the original author some credit. Any leads?

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