I conclude that there are two ways of constructing a software design: One way
is to make it so simple that there are obviously no deficiencies and the other
way is to make it so complicated that there are no obvious deficiencies.
The first method is far more difficult. It demands the same skill, devotion,
insight, and even inspiration as the discovery of the simple physical laws
which underlie the complex phenomena of nature. It also requires a willingness
to accept objectives which are limited by physical, logical, and technological
constraints, and to accept a compromise when conflicting objectives cannot be
met. No committee will ever do this until it is too late.
-- C.A.R. Hoare, "The Emporor's Old Clothes"
Communications of the ACM, 1981
If you can't write a function to determine if a given integral input is odd in
under 10 seconds, you're either a crappy typist or *you shouldn't be
-- Brook Monroe, https://medium.com/p/b0b09bb11798/
The Spirit of C:
(a) Trust the programmer.
(b) Don't prevent the programmer from doing what needs to be done.
(c) Keep the language small and simple.
(d) Provide only one way to do an operation.
(e) Make it fast, even if it is not guaranteed to be portable.
(f) Make support for safety and security demonstrable.
Permissible undefined behavior ranges from ignoring the situation completely
with unpredictable results, to having demons fly out of your nose.
-- John F. Woods, "Re: Why is this legal?"
comp.std.c Message-ID: <email@example.com>
One of my most productive days was throwing away 1000 lines of code.
-- Ken Thompson in Eric S. Raymond's "The Art of UNIX Programming"
It seems that perfection is attained not when there is nothing more to add, but
when there is nothing more to remove.
-- Antoine de Saint-Exupery