Ralph Waldo Emerson Would’ve Been a Great Developer

A very short quote I came across to start your week off and get you thinking about technology with the correct frame of reference:

“As to the methods there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble.”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Mr. Emerson would surely have made a great developer. We need to heed his advice.

As an exercise: think of how many different “methods” you can think of and then think of how many “principles” you can come up with.

Principles:

  • Single Responsibility Principle
  • Don’t Repeat Yourself
  • Dependency Inversion Principle
  • Liskov Substitution Principle
  • Open Closed Principle
  • Interface Segregation Principle

Methods:

  • ASP.NET
  • C# 2.0
  • C# 3.0
  • LINQ
  • LINQ to SQL
  • Entity Framework
  • NHibernate
  • SOA
  • StructureMap
  • Windsor/MicroKernel
  • Ninject
  • ASP.NET MVC
  • Ruby
  • IronRuby
  • W*F
  • Silverlight
  • And on and on and on…

 

“As to the methods there may be a million, but principles are few.”


Posted 12-14-2009 12:06 PM by Tim Barcz
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Brilliant - thank you, Tim. Love that quote - should make posters out of that and hang it around the office.

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on 12-14-2009 5:08 PM

Based upon my limited reading I would wager that Emerson would have written very verbose but elegant Ruby.

PM-SilverCrux wrote re: Ralph Waldo Emerson Would’ve Been a Great Developer
on 12-17-2009 1:19 AM

Nice Quote! However "Methods" must be known in order to get things done. Just principles won't get us there.

So it's imperative we excel at "Methods" as well. Since they are means of delivery.

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Great formulation!

But… I would place Patterns between the Principles and Methods.

What  do you think? :)

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