on June 13, 2013
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.
Beauty is more important in computing than anywhere else in technology because software is so complicated. Beauty is the ultimate defence against complexity.
The central enemy of reliability is complexity.
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.
Good code is short, simple, and symmetrical – the challenge is figuring out how to get there.
The computing scientist’s main challenge is not to get confused by the complexities of his own making.
The unavoidable price of reliability is simplicity.
Complexity has nothing to do with intelligence, simplicity does.
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