May 09, 2005

Software philosophy

Premature optimization is the root of all evil.

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.

Ken Thompson
When in doubt, use brute force.

Henry Spencer
Those who do not understand Unix are condemned to reinvent it, poorly.