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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Good code is short, simple, and symmetrical – the challenge is figuring out how to get there.
Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage — to move in the opposite direction.
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.
The unavoidable price of reliability is simplicity.
Simplicity carried to the extreme becomes elegance.
Complexity has nothing to do with intelligence, simplicity does.
The best things are simple, but finding these simple things is not simple.
Simplicity is prerequisite for reliability.
Edsger W. Dijkstra
Simplicity is hard to build, easy to use, and hard to charge for. Complexity is easy to build, hard to use, and easy to charge for.
Beauty is more important in computing than anywhere else in technology because software is so complicated. Beauty is the ultimate defence against complexity.