Swiss Army Knife Syndrome

This entry was posted on August 11, 2014 by Mark Switajski

More often than not when something tries to do more than one thing at a time it just ends up doing a lot of things worse than if they just did one.  It’s the same situation when it comes to software development.

 Believing that more features means more value is what is referred to as “Swiss Army Knife Syndrome”.  A piece of software should be coded to do one job and to do it well.  Keep things simple to avoid unnecessary complications.

 “Software should be elegant, and elegant code is where simplicity meets a good solution. Therefore, it is our responsibility as developers to ensure that every bit of code we produce is as elegant and succinct as possible.”

Read Mark Holmes’s full article on Swiss Army Knife Syndrome right here.