on August 17, 2013
Simplicity — the art of maximizing the amount of work not done — is essential.
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.
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
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.
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.
Simplicity is prerequisite for reliability.
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.
The computing scientist’s main challenge is not to get confused by the complexities of his own making.
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