on November 3, 2013
on September 14, 2013
on June 13, 2013
The computing scientist’s main challenge is not to get confused by the complexities of his own making.
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.
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
Controlling complexity is the essence of computer programming.
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.
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.
The unavoidable price of reliability is simplicity.
Good code is short, simple, and symmetrical – the challenge is figuring out how to get there.
The central enemy of reliability is complexity.
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