Debugging is twice as hard as writing the code in the first place. Therefore, if you write the code as cleverly as possible, you are, by definition, not smart enough to debug it. -Brian Kernighan
I’m Tracy Snell. I write code, cook, fish, hunt and hang out with my wife, kids, and dogs.
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The unavoidable price of reliability is simplicity.
Complexity kills. It sucks the life out of developers, it makes products difficult to plan, build and test, it introduces security challenges and it causes end-user and administrator frustration.
Good code is short, simple, and symmetrical – the challenge is figuring out how to get there.
The best things are simple, but finding these simple things is not simple.
Increasingly, people seem to misinterpret complexity as sophistication, which is baffling—-the incomprehensible should cause suspicion rather than admiration. Possibly this trend results from a mistaken belief that using a somewhat mysterious device confers an aura of power on the user.
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
Leonardo da Vinci
Simplicity carried to the extreme becomes elegance.
The computing scientist’s main challenge is not to get confused by the complexities of his own making.
E. W. Dijkstra
Beauty is more important in computing than anywhere else in technology because software is so complicated. Beauty is the ultimate defence against complexity.
Controlling complexity is the essence of computer programming.