“The shortest and best way to make your fortune is to let people see clearly that it is in their interest to promote yours.”

—Jean de la Bruyère

At the beginning of this book, I promised to come back to the lock and key example. There were two more things I learned from that project, and I will share them with you here.

Back then, it was easy to understand how everything had to work together. Computerizing the system management aspects was straightforward. In contrast, the more intuitive aspect of the solution process, calculating the codes for keys and cylinders to fulfill the specified functionality of the master key system, was not easy. The brute-force approach, trying every combination, would obviously have taken ...

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