Travelin’ lite (the only way to fly)
Code is like traveling: the less baggage the better. No bags is bliss, a little backpack hardly noticeable. Chunky wheelie bag: bearable but irksome. But several chunky wheelie bags, and it starts to get … logistically challenging. Not to mention increased risk of hernia.
Often, of course, some amount of baggage is unavoidable. If you are embarking on an expedition to the North Pole, for instance, you would be well advised to take a decent supply of warm underwear.
Pretty much all code has baggage, but some code has more baggage than other code. Ask a developer what they would prefer to tackle – implement a little standalone utility, or write something that sits astride all the obscure notions and constructs emitted by others – and I’m pretty sure I know which one most would pick.
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