Some amusing links on minimalism in programming during the last three decades…
Greg Lindahl preserved Ed Post’s classic 1983 manifesto, Real Programmers Don’t Use Pascal. Of course they didn’t use silly C either, like those modern wimps. Real programmers used FORTRAN IV.
Real Programmers like Arithmetic IF statements – they make the code more interesting.
In the late 1980s, Peet Morris wrote The Infinitely Profitable Program
GO.COM. This empty executable simply caused CP/M to restart whatever program had previously been loaded into RAM. £5 per copy for zero bytes of code equals infinite profit!