on August 17, 2013
Controlling complexity is the essence of computer programming.
The central enemy of reliability is complexity.
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.
Complexity has nothing to do with intelligence, simplicity does.
Simplicity — the art of maximizing the amount of work not done — is essential.
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.
Good code is short, simple, and symmetrical – the challenge is figuring out how to get there.
The best things are simple, but finding these simple things is not simple.
Simplicity is prerequisite for reliability.
Beauty is more important in computing than anywhere else in technology because software is so complicated. Beauty is the ultimate defence against complexity.
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