The key to performance is elegance, not battalions of special cases

"The key to performance is elegance, not battalions of special cases."

Jon Bentley and Douglas McIlroy

Such a simple idea! Used to read a blog called lesscode -- using less code to get more done. Too bad that blog looks as dead as my old programming blog.

Came across this quote via Paul Graham, and was caused by some frustration at work. Elegance is something that takes time. However in the commercial world, as a lowly slave labour software developer under deadline constraint, you don't get the needed time to create an elegant solution.