on October 30, 2013
Beauty is more important in computing than anywhere else in technology because software is so complicated. Beauty is the ultimate defence against complexity.
Good code is short, simple, and symmetrical – the challenge is figuring out how to get there.
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.
Simplicity carried to the extreme becomes elegance.
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.
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 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.
The computing scientist’s main challenge is not to get confused by the complexities of his own making.
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