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The Art of Unix Programming
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Unix Programming - Basics of the Unix Philosophy - Rule of Parsimony: Write a big program only when it is

Rule of Parsimony: Write a big program only when it is clear by demonstration that nothing else will do.

‘Big’ here has the sense both of large in volume of code and of internal complexity. Allowing programs to get large hurts maintainability. Because people are reluctant to throw away the visible product of lots of work, large programs invite overinvestment in approaches that are failed or suboptimal.

(We'll examine the issue of the right size of software in more detail in Chapter13.)


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