Beauty and the Beast of Software Complexity — Elegance versus Elephants

  • Peter G. Neumann
Part of the Texts and Monographs in Computer Science book series (MCS)

Abstract

Elegance is certainly attainable in the small, but is sorely lacking in most complex computer systems. The reasons for this appear to lie not so much with computer science, but rather with the people who apply it. This note briefly considers some of the perceived obstacles and examines the hypothesis that suitable use of what is generally considered good practice in the small can lead to elegance in the large.

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© Springer-Verlag New York, Inc. 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter G. Neumann
    • 1
  1. 1.Computer Science LaboratorySRI InternationalMenlo ParkUSA

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