Disastrous inclination towards complexity and ingenuity

Found a very good quote at Worse Than Failure today…

“Programmers… often take refuge in an understandable, but disastrous, inclination towards complexity and ingenuity in their work. Forbidden to design anything larger than a program, they respond by making that program intricate enough to challenge their professional skill.”
Michael A JacksonPrinciples of Program Design, 1975

Must have been what happened when the program I’m currently maintaining was originally designed… not that I would ever do something like that… promise…

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