Thursday, October 27, 2005

The world's best usercontrol

I found this quote somewhere and wanted to share it

"If you ask beginning programmers to write a calendar control, they often think to themselves, 'Oh, I'm going to write the world's best calendar control! It's going to be polymorphic with respect to the kind of calendar. It will have displayers, and mungers, and this, that, and the other.' They need to ship a calendar application in two months. They put all this infrastructure into place in the control, and then spend two days writing a crappy calendar application on top of it. They'll think, 'In the next version of the application, I'm going to do so much more.'
"Once they start thinking about how they're actually going to implement all of these other concretizations of their abstract design, however, it turns out that their design is completely wrong. And now they've painted themself into a corner, and they have to throw the whole thing out. I have seen that over and over. I'm a strong believer in being minimalistic. Unless you actually are going to solve the general problem, don't try and put in place a framework for solving a specific one, because you don't know what that framework should look like."

- August 18, 2003 Anders Hejlsberg (co-creator of Turbo Pascal, Delphi, and C#)


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