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The Art of Unix Programming
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Unix Programming - Basics of the Unix Philosophy - Rule of Diversity: Distrust all claims for

Rule of Diversity: Distrust all claims for “one true way”.

Even the best software tools tend to be limited by the imaginations of their designers. Nobody is smart enough to optimize for everything, nor to anticipate all the uses to which their software might be put. Designing rigid, closed software that won't talk to the rest of the world is an unhealthy form of arrogance.

Therefore, the Unix tradition includes a healthy mistrust of “one true way” approaches to software design or implementation. It embraces multiple languages, open extensible systems, and customization hooks everywhere.


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