Jens Oliver Meiert

The Secret of Maintainability

Post from March 7, 2008 (↻ July 4, 2015), filed under .

Keep it simple.

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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. 😊

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

    KISS

  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, well, even though I “over-simplified” the essence here is trivial: The best recipe for maintainability is keeping things simple—the fewer elements your site has, the fewer rules your style sheets contain, the easier is maintenance.

    The overall picture, however, probably ask us to remember Einstein: “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” 😊

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

    Perfect!

  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:

    “Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius—and a lot of courage—to move in the opposite direction. ”

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