On System Design…

“There are two ways of constructing a software design: One way is to make it so simple that there are obviously no deficiencies, and the other way is to make it so complicated that there are no obvious deficiencies. The first method is far more difficult.”

C.A.R. Hoare [ source]

“A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that works. The inverse proposition also appears to be true: A complex system designed from scratch never works and cannot be made to work.”


“The difference between a good and a poor architect is that the poor architect succumbs to every temptation and the good one resists it.”

Ludwig Wittgenstein [ source]

“No matter what the problem is, it’s always a people problem.”

Gerald M. Weinberg [source]