Code Thoughts

Incremental Simplicity

I just finished reading Code Simplicity, and, as someone who has a tendency for perfectionism, one thing that stood out to me was the idea of not worrying about building something perfect.

It’s OK to not aim for perfection on version one. Or any version. You don’t even know what perfection looks like at when first starting a project. Instead, aim for a simple solution to your current problem, not a perfect solution to a future problem that may never exist.

If you keep striving for simplicity with each new addition, your system will gain as much complexity as it needs, while still maintaining enough flexibility and simplicity for the next addition.

By Jerry Jones

JavaScript Engineer for Automattic, living simply in rural MO.

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