Write Less Code

Write Less Code. That should be the developer mantra - it's certainly the focus of the Java platform (SE & EE).

Less code to write is good; but much more importantly it means less code & complexity to maintain (and as everyone knows - maintenance is where the big money gets sunk in software).

The benefit of some of the major productivity improvements in Java (SE & EE) are pretty self evident (see Graham Hamilton's blog for some examples), but seemingly small improvements really make a difference too (as Amit Handa points out in his entry on JDBC Driver Loading)


I'd agree, except for the number of intractable debugging and 'maintenance' problems which I've seen resulting from a programmer finding a particularly 'elegant' way of saving a few lines of code.... ;\^)

Posted by Robin Wilton on March 18, 2006 at 06:21 AM PST #

Many of the code-reduction improvements in the Java Platform are about removing the amount of 'boiler plate' code required; in the past this is typically the stuff that developers have 'simplified' with their own elegant 'solutions'- now they don't need to - they can focus on their applications instead. <p /> - Rich

Posted by Rich Sharples on March 18, 2006 at 09:34 AM PST #

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