on July 14, 2013
The unavoidable price of reliability is simplicity.
The computing scientist’s main challenge is not to get confused by the complexities of his own making.
Beauty is more important in computing than anywhere else in technology because software is so complicated. Beauty is the ultimate defence against complexity.
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.
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 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.
Simplicity is prerequisite for reliability.
Good code is short, simple, and symmetrical – the challenge is figuring out how to get there.
The best things are simple, but finding these simple things is not simple.
Controlling complexity is the essence of computer programming.
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