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)


Comments:

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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