on November 3, 2013
on June 13, 2013
Controlling complexity is the essence of computer programming.
The best things are simple, but finding these simple things is not simple.
Beauty is more important in computing than anywhere else in technology because software is so complicated. Beauty is the ultimate defence against complexity.
The unavoidable price of reliability is simplicity.
Complexity has nothing to do with intelligence, simplicity does.
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 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.
Good code is short, simple, and symmetrical – the challenge is figuring out how to get there.
Simplicity carried to the extreme becomes elegance.
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.
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