Jens Oliver Meiert

The Law of Maintainability

Post from January 6, 2016, reflecting Jens the .

One cannot not maintain.

This is an important axiom to understand, critical even when we recognize how little understanding and prioritization this topic enjoys in our industry, web and software development.

One cannot not maintain because all code must be updated or deleted one day, and that is why everything we do has more than the initial setup and launch cost, and why that little that we have about web maintainability best practices is not enough.

This is a simple reminder, now, that we must stop making and permitting excuses for the disregard and ignorance maintainability gets in our field. One cannot not maintain.

When developers know that for design changes, one should only update CSS.

Figure: CSS can mean better maintainability.

That should be enough with laws for the moment. I refrained from naming this law “Meiert’s Law of Maintainability.” Call it “Franz Hubert’s Law of Maintainability” if you must, as long as we as web professionals stop being careless about maintenance.

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Jens Oliver Meiert, photo of July 27, 2015.

Jens Oliver Meiert is a developer (O’Reilly, W3C, ex-Google) and philosopher. He experiments with art and adventure. Here on meiert.com he shares and generalizes and exaggerates some of his thoughts and experiences.

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