The Programmer's Litany

August 23, 2005

Over the past two years I’ve hopped around from blogging tool to blogging tool, and many of my blog posts have fallen to the wayside. Pleasantly to my surprise, somebody was backing them up for me. Yay for the Internet Wayback Machine. So, Sherman, it’s time we take a trip back to…May 4, 2004 on this very blog…

With apologies to Frank Herbert:

I must not prematurely optimize. Premature optimization is the mind-killer. Premature optimization is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my desire to prematurely optimize. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the desire has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.

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