Re: Minimalism

Subject: Re: Minimalism
From: John Ahlstrom <jahlstro -at- CISCO -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 9 Jan 1997 16:33:57 -0800

Robert Plamondon wrote:

> Watch out for the two schools of minimalism floating around: the real
> school and the fake one.
> The fake school of minimalism just cuts the documentation to some
> arbitrary length. One can always cut one's documentation 90% by
> simply dropping 90% of the material on the floor and leaving the
> readers in the lurch.
> The real school of minimalism does more with less. Express the basic
> concepts clearly, itemize all the building blocks, give a couple of
> examples of how they can be put together, and stop.
-- snip snip

Let us all remember what Pascal said at the bottom of a
letter to a friend:
I am sorry this is so long, I did not have time
to make it shorter.


A conclusion is simply the place where you got
tired of thinking.

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