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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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.
The best things are simple, but finding these simple things is not simple.
Simplicity carried to the extreme becomes elegance.
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.
Simplicity is prerequisite for reliability.
Edsger W. Dijkstra
The computing scientist’s main challenge is not to get confused by the complexities of his own making.
E. W. Dijkstra
The central enemy of reliability is complexity.
Geer et al.
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.
Controlling complexity is the essence of computer programming.