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Worse is Better

Worse is better

The rise of “Worse is better”1, by Richard Gabriel

In the commentary Richard introduces and compares different schools of design and philosophies applied to software engineering.

Right thing philosophy

The essence of this style can be captured by the phrase “the right thing.”.Most programmers (lisp) have an extreme exposure to the MIT/Stanford style of design. To such a designer it is important to get all of the following characteristics right:

Worse is better philosophy

Slightly different from the “MIT approach”.

Early Unix and C are examples of the use of this school of design, Richard calls this school “New Jersey approach”.


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