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MurrayVarey • Edited on

If I had more time, I would have written a shorter letter. —Mark Twain

Love this quote (and all its different versions). A similar thought comes from Elmore Leonard:

Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.

If it's the kind of code I hate to read, then it's not the kind of code I should write.

Writers have so much to teach us developers. And -- lucky for us -- they're good at expressing themselves. After all, that's their job.

Great article Scott. Thank you!