on July 14, 2013
The central enemy of reliability is complexity.
The computing scientist’s main challenge is not to get confused by the complexities of his own making.
The best things are simple, but finding these simple things is not simple.
Simplicity carried to the extreme becomes elegance.
Complexity has nothing to do with intelligence, simplicity does.
The unavoidable price of reliability is simplicity.
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 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.
Controlling complexity is the essence of computer programming.
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.
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