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Simplicity is prerequisite for reliability

I just learned that the title of this post is a(n apparently) well known quote from Edsger W. Dijkstra.

I like it, and I fully agree. And along with the following, it makes up my design philosophy:

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Duncan
04/11/2012 10:19 AM by
Duncan

It is also the most difficult thing to achieve.

Gene Hughson
04/11/2012 11:43 AM by
Gene Hughson

In order to achieve it, design has to, at some point, shift from a creative mode to an editor mode, stripping away the parts of the creation that are extraneous.

The illustration selected could also be used to show that brevity does not equal clarity.

njy
04/11/2012 12:31 PM by
njy

@Duncan: true story

Sumit
04/11/2012 04:25 PM by
Sumit

Could you host the image within your site. My work is blocking the url http://www.jokesprank.com/ ...?

Dan
04/11/2012 05:41 PM by
Dan

Anyone know the source for that quote??

Frank Quednau
04/11/2012 05:58 PM by
Frank Quednau

In this context I also very much like a quote from Saint-Exupery which goes like that:

"Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away."

Adam
04/11/2012 08:52 PM by
Adam

@Dan wikiquote, for one http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/EdsgerW.Dijkstra

Varun
04/12/2012 11:05 AM by
Varun

Thats true

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