Over a million developers have joined DZone.

Simplicity is Hard

DZone's Guide to

Simplicity is Hard

· DevOps Zone
Free Resource

The Nexus Suite is uniquely architected for a DevOps native world and creates value early in the development pipeline, provides precise contextual controls at every phase, and accelerates DevOps innovation with automation you can trust. Read how in this ebook.

Developers, in my experience, tend to be creative people and creative people can sometimes over complicate stuff. When a developer is struck by the lightning of inspiration the first thing that they usually want to do is start hammering the keyboard, spewing out the lines of code like it was going out of fashion. Now we all know you should plan you code and that there are methodologies for doing that, but that is a post for another day!

But even if you have a plan the code can still end up pretty damn complicated. And we all know that complexity means more bugs.

The answer to complexity? Refactoring. Even if you plan, it can still be very difficult to see which path leads out of the forest and which leads to the ginger bread house, and none of us want to end up there. It is not until we have the code in front of us that we can see where we can refactor and simplify.

This is why I think simplicity is hard. Most devs can knock out a code module or two. But it is the ones that go back and check their work and refactor through a number of cycles that make clean, elegant code which is simple.

Do you try and make your code simple? I would love to know so please leave a comment.

The DevOps Zone is brought to you in partnership with Sonatype Nexus.  See how the Nexus platform infuses precise open source component intelligence into the DevOps pipeline early, everywhere, and at scale. Read how in this ebook


Published at DZone with permission of Chris Odell, DZone MVB. See the original article here.

Opinions expressed by DZone contributors are their own.


Dev Resources & Solutions Straight to Your Inbox

Thanks for subscribing!

Awesome! Check your inbox to verify your email so you can start receiving the latest in tech news and resources.


{{ parent.title || parent.header.title}}

{{ parent.tldr }}

{{ parent.urlSource.name }}