on November 3, 2013
on September 14, 2013
on June 13, 2013
Controlling complexity is the essence of computer programming.
Complexity has nothing to do with intelligence, simplicity does.
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.
Beauty is more important in computing than anywhere else in technology because software is so complicated. Beauty is the ultimate defence against complexity.
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.
The unavoidable price of reliability is simplicity.
Simplicity carried to the extreme becomes elegance.
The central enemy of reliability is complexity.
Good code is short, simple, and symmetrical – the challenge is figuring out how to get there.
The competent programmer is fully aware of the limited size of his own skull. He therefore approaches his task with full humility, and avoids clever tricks like the plague.
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