I was reading an article on 10 operating systems that are gone but not forgotten (http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=printArticleBasic&taxonomyName=Operating+Systems&articleId=9129459&taxonomyId=89). The author made a reference to the design philosophy for X-Window (back in 1984):
Cut away complexity. Don't get bogged down with every cool idea you can
bolt onto your system. Leave the actual user interface to the user.
Just make it work.
Sound familiar :-)
- "Do not add new functionality unless you know of some real application that will require it."
- "If you can get 90% of the desired effect for 10% of the work, use the simpler solution."
- "If a problem is not completely understood, it is probably best to provide no solution at all."
Just thought it interesting how good ideas never truly go out of style (they are just as relevant today as they were then)
Have a great day