Common Threads – Style Matters

Tuesday, April 4, 2006 – 5:07 AM

Climbers will say that “style matters”, the means by which an end is acheived is as important as the end itself. Getting to the summit by any tactic is seen as less worthy than an ascent made with the minimal equipment.

Similarly developers consider hacked together solutions to problems to be inelegant, even if the code meets the functional requirements. Far more respect is due to developers who produce well designed and implemented solutions – even if they forefill the functional requirements no more fully.

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