Bloated optimization

Often, developers may trip over themselves trying to optimize their code or their design artifacts to a ridiculous extent, often before their code even performs basic functions, or even before any code has been created at all. This can rapidly perform issues in production.

In this section, I wish to discuss three anti-patterns specifically relating to this topic:

  • Analysis paralysis
  • Bikeshedding
  • Premature optimization

Analysis paralysis

In short, this is where a strategy is over-analyzed to the point where progress is slowed down, or even stopped entirely in extreme cases. Not only can such solutions become obsolete rapidly, they can be made in under-educated circumstances, for example, in a meeting where an over-analytic boss tries ...

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