Complexity is evil. It leads to slow systems, convoluted processes, and buggy implementations. Yet today it is ?everywhere.


Debugging is twice as hard as writing the code in the first place. Therefore, if you write the code as cleverly as possible, you are, by definition, not smart enough to debug it.

-Brian Kernighan

Dealing with complexity is an inefficient and unnecessary waste of time, attention and mental energy. There is never any justification for things being complex when they could be simple.

-Edward de Bono

Increasingly, people seem to misinterpret complexity as sophistication, which is baffling - the incomprehensible should cause suspicion rather than admiration. Possibly this trend results from a mistaken belief that using a somewhat mysterious device confers an aura of power on the user

-Niklaus Wirth

The belief that complex systems require armies of designers and programmers is wrong. A system that is not understood in its entirety, or at least to a significant degree of detail by a single individual, should probably not be built.

-Niklaus Wirth

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

-Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900 - 1944)

Information Security Turned Against it's Creators

In essence, the complexities of the security solutions have provided greater opportunity for attackers to target the consumer - therefore bypassing the actual protection technologies. ... Perhaps the industry needs to spend some time thinking about the ergonomics of consumer security before adding yet another defense-in-depth barrier?

Linked in pages: Jani Kenttälä