on June 13, 2013
Simplicity — the art of maximizing the amount of work not done — is essential.
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
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 prerequisite for reliability.
Controlling complexity is the essence of computer programming.
The central enemy of reliability is 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 best things are simple, but finding these simple things is not simple.
The unavoidable price of reliability is simplicity.
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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