John Ousterhout



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“Your job as a developer is not just to create code that you can work with easily, but to create code that others can also work with easily.”
John Ousterhout, A Philosophy of Software Design

“Almost every software development organization has at least one developer who takes tactical programming to the extreme: a tactical tornado. The tactical tornado is a prolific programmer who pumps out code far faster than others but works in a totally tactical fashion. When it comes to implementing a quick feature, nobody gets it done faster than the tactical tornado. In some organizations, management treats tactical tornadoes as heroes. However, tactical tornadoes leave behind a wake of destruction. They are rarely considered heroes by the engineers who must work with their code in the future. Typically, other engineers must clean up the messes left behind by the tactical tornado, which makes it appear that those engineers (who are the real heroes) are making slower progress than the tactical tornado.”
John Ousterhout, A Philosophy of Software Design

“If a system contains adjacent layers with similar abstractions, this is a red flag that suggests a problem with the class decomposition.”
John Ousterhout, A Philosophy of Software Design



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