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  • So how do you remove complexity?
    See previous journal entry. (was that deliberate?)


    • Not really deliberate, no :)

      It's an interesting angle, but I think writing the same thing in Perl is rather a more efficient way of managing the same amount of complexity.

      But the custom-vs-standard-protocol issue can be an example of implementation complexity being removed by slightly redefining the problem (as mentioned above).

      In another project, I was to write a server providing log reports. The initial (bad) idea, which I managed to veto, was to call this from an ASP application using some kind of custom COM control which we would have to write in addition to the ASP application itself. But since we ended up using HTTP we never had to write the COM component--it was already built by someone else and we could buy it instead of build it.

      No integration problems, no development time, no debugging, no maintenance. Overall, less complexity for us to handle. Of course someone have to deal with the complexity (the component vendor), but if it's not on our radar anymore it's effectively gone.