Out of the Tar Pit and Complexity

Here's a quote that I just love from a paper called "Out of the Tar Pit"

It is hard to overstate the dangers of complexity. If it is not controlled it spreads. The only way to escape this risk is to place the goals of avoid and separate at the top of the design objectives for a system.

It is not sufficient simply to pay heed to these two objectives — it is crucial that they be the overriding consideration. This is because complexity breeds complexity and one or two early “compromises” can spell complexity disaster in the long run.


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