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Planned Obsolescence in Software

by Ian Dees

Published July 25, 2013 in Programming

We strive to create designs that will last. But in doing so, we run the risk of over-engineering: building in so many abstractions at the beginning of a project that it degenerates into unmaintainable code.

What causes these risks, and what can we do about it? If there were a simple answer, everyone would be doing it already. Instead, we have to make do with a few heuristics, practices, and insights into human nature.