The unavoidable price of reliability is simplicity.
Simplicity is prerequisite for reliability.
Edsger W. Dijkstra
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.
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.
The computing scientist’s main challenge is not to get confused by the complexities of his own making.
E. W. Dijkstra
Complexity has nothing to do with intelligence, simplicity does.
Good code is short, simple, and symmetrical – the challenge is figuring out how to get there.
Simplicity carried to the extreme becomes elegance.
Increasingly, people seem to misinterpret complexity as sophistication, which is baffling—-the incomprehensible should cause suspicion rather than admiration. Possibly this trend results from a mistaken belief that using a somewhat mysterious device confers an aura of power on the user.