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A fanatical devotion to great software

Great software, likewise, requires a fanatical devotion to beauty. If you look inside good software, you find that parts no one ever supposed to see are beautiful too. When it comes to code I behave in a way that would make me eligible for prescription drugs if I approached everyday life the same way. It drives me crazy to see code that’s badly indented, or that uses ugly variable names.

This quote from Paul Graham has been resonating with me since I read it almost a month ago. I was going to start the introductory paragraph with “Some programmers can recognize themselves …” but then I became sad. The culprit is the word some.

It’s bad enough many projects get ruined by the things outside of programmers’ control; it’s simply tragic when they undermine it by failing on the home turf.

I know it’s wishful thinking, but sometimes I imagine how a world would look like if everyone would give it their best. Do you give your best?


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