Jens Oliver Meiert

The Law of Maintainability

Post from January 6, 2016 (↻ April 21, 2018), filed under .

One cannot not maintain.

This is an important axiom, critical even when we recognize how little understanding and prioritization this topic enjoys in our industry, that is, 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 could 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 become a bit more mindful about maintenance.

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Jens Oliver Meiert is an author and developer (O’Reilly, W3C, ex-Google). He plays with philosophy, art, and adventure. Here on meiert.com he shares and generalizes and exaggerates some of his thoughts and experiences. (Beware: More often than he wants it he’s wrong.)

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