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.
Complexity has nothing to do with intelligence, simplicity does.
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 best things are simple, but finding these simple things is not simple.
The unavoidable price of reliability is simplicity.
Good code is short, simple, and symmetrical – the challenge is figuring out how to get there.
Beauty is more important in computing than anywhere else in technology because software is so complicated. Beauty is the ultimate defence against complexity.
The computing scientist’s main challenge is not to get confused by the complexities of his own making.
E. W. Dijkstra
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 — the art of maximizing the amount of work not done — is essential.