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  • I've found the best solutions, pristine or not, come from people who truly understand the problem and problem space in which they are working. The truly ugly or "stupid" solutions are the ones that work by accident when the coder didn't really understand how or why.

    The bigger the project, the more important to have someone breaking the big problem into logical smaller problems. Even then, I think everyone needs to understand the larger problem.

    This is where I might find some fault with Microsoft as an example of getting things done. When I look at their products, I too often have images of a software department and marketing department fighting with each other. In these cases it seems like the original problem and solution get polluted with a sales/marketing/world domination angle. They do get stuff done, I'm just not always sure what they got done.
    • This is exactly how I feel.

      Code is always a trade-off. It always caters to some cases better than to others, because there is never any single way to do things that would always be best. Of course, I'm not saying anything new this is why Extreme Programming proposes what it proposes, and why it embraces constant refactoring as a way of life for a project.

      What is important, is to be aware of the trade-offs. That requires a solid understanding of the problem first; it's okay to parse HTML with sim