Ugly programs are like ugly suspension bridges: they’re much more liable to collapse than pretty ones, because the way humans (especially engineer-humans) perceive beauty is intimately related to our ability to process and understand complexity. A language that makes it hard to write elegant code makes it hard to write good code.
-Eric S. Raymond
When a product plan receives senior management approval …. It would seem that all product engineering has to do is implement the plan. Were it that simple, the tension and pressure in product development would be greatly diminished. But it is not. …. – Kim B. Clark and Takahiro Fujimoto, 1991
There are two ways of constructing a software design: One way is to make it so simple that there are obviously no deficiencies, and the other way is to make it so complicated that there are no obvious deficiencies. The first method is far more difficult. -C.A.R. Hoare