TITLE: The Willingness to Delete Working Code AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford DATE: May 28, 2013 2:57 PM DESC: ----- BODY:
Don DeLillo
... and to do code katas, too:
I find I'm more ready to discard pages than I used to be. I used to look for things to keep. I used to find ways to save a paragraph or a sentence, maybe by relocating it. Now I look for ways to discard things. If I discard a sentence I like, it's almost as satisfying as keeping a sentence I like. I don't think I've become ruthless or perverse--just a bit more willing to believe that nature will restore itself. The instinct to discard is finally a kind of faith. It tells me there's a better way to do this page even though the evidence is not accessible at the present time.
Says Don DeLillo, in The Art of Fiction No. 135. Even in programming, the willingness to cut a chunk of working code, or to rm -f a file, generally follows from a deep-seated belief that nature will restore itself. We are often happy to find that nature does a better job the second time around. ~~~ PHOTO: Adapted from http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandrobots/5371974016/, (CC BY-SA 2.0). -----