Simplicity comes with experience

Being able to confidently offer simple solutions that solve a problem is a hallmark of experience. Before even committing your fingers to a keyboard, experience will (hopefully) allow you to:

  • Question requirements. Is something truly necessary?
  • Get to the root business goal. People don’t just blindly ask for stuff without a reason – but getting to that real reason can take some digging.
  • Redefine success. Get others to see that simplicity and reliability trumps whiz-bang.

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Do the least amount possible

I’ve been thinking a lot about principles in front end development lately. Techniques come and go as technology evolves.

The how of things quickly changes. The why is much more timeless.

A principle that is emerging for me is simple: do the least amount possible.

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