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The Developer's Code by Ka Wai Cheung

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Essay 27 The Simplicity Paradox

What makes complexity a strange phenomenon is this: Everyone. Loves. Simple. That’s why people say “I just want things to be simple.” Who says “I just want things to be complicated”...ever?

I decided to find out. So, I looked it up on Google.

As of this writing, if you Google the phrase “I want things to be simple,” you’ll get approximately 954,000 matching results. There is one unique matching results for the phrase “I want things to be complicated.”

One. The only unique matching result? A blog post that I wrote about this very subject in October 2009. Extract myself from the annals of recorded human civilization, and apparently no one has ever wanted or even thought about the idea of voluntary complication. ...

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