Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Simplicity, Good Design and Refactoring

Questions for Paul Graham - Simplicity and beauty in art, science and programming "Perhaps we're at a point where art and science and programming diverge. Science (often) aims at finding the simplicity behind the apparent complexity of the universe. Engineering usually aims at efficient solutions, excluding the extraneous which introduces cost and more paths to failure. Art doesn't always aim at simplicity. It just as frequently tries to expose the complexity of what looked simple. Thus, perhaps the union of art, science and engineering maintained by Paul's essay isn't fundamental, although there are certainly historical periods in which they align."

Video of interview of Paul Graham and original article Taste for Makers.
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