From page 3 of Perl in a Nutshell by Siever, Spainhour, and Patwardhan:

Computer languages differ not so much in what they make possible, but in what they make easy. Perl is designed to make the easy jobs easy, without making the hard jobs impossible.

The same principle applies in many other arenas. Systems should be built to make commonplace tasks fast and straightforward to do. Difficult tasks should be at least feasible. Like the Einstein aphorism, "Make things as simple as possible, but no simpler." (See ^zhurnal 3 May 1999, GreatIdeas)

Thursday, May 24, 2001 at 05:44:55 (EDT) = 2001-05-24


(correlates: GreatIdeas, ExtractTraction, LessonsOfTheMarathon, ...)