The Secret of Maintainability

Post from March 7, 2008 (‚ÜĽ July 4, 2015), filed under ¬†(feed).

Keep it simple.

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Jens Oliver Meiert, on September 30, 2021.

I’m Jens, and I’m an engineering lead and author. I’ve worked as a technical lead for Google, I’m close to W3C and WHATWG, and I write and review books for O’Reilly. I love trying things, sometimes including philosophy, art, and adventure. Here on I share some of my views and experiences.

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  1. On March 7, 2008, 14:40 CET, Zacky Ma said:

    This post is cool…

  2. On March 7, 2008, 14:47 CET, Keegan said:

    Nothing to add. ūüėä

  3. On March 7, 2008, 14:54 CET, Jens Nedal said:


  4. On March 7, 2008, 18:25 CET, Duluoz said:

    I don’t get it. Can you please elaborate?

  5. On March 8, 2008, 12:51 CET, Jens Oliver Meiert said:

    David, the essence is trivial: The best recipe for maintainability is keeping things simple‚ÄĒfor example, the fewer elements a site has, the fewer rules style sheets contain, the easier the site‚Äôs maintenance.

    The overall picture, however, probably suggests to remember Einstein: ‚ÄúEverything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.‚ÄĚ ūüėä

  6. On March 24, 2008, 19:57 CET, Rafael Rez Oliveira said:


  7. On April 9, 2008, 11:20 CEST, seektan said:

    great !
    keep simple is reduce mistakes; more things with more mistakes

  8. On April 23, 2008, 20:49 CEST, Jordan Clark said:

    Another good quote from Einstein:

    ‚ÄúAny intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius‚ÄĒand a lot of courage‚ÄĒto move in the opposite direction. ‚ÄĚ