July 31, 2019

Fast Software, the Best Software

Craig Mod s wonderful essay on software speed:

But why is slow bad? Fast software is not always good software, but slow software is rarely able to rise to greatness.

​A good reminder for those of us building software that we can’t just take the supercomputing power available in our pockets and laps for granted. Software will just not be as fast as it needs to be. It takes work.

Speed as a proxy for efficiency. If a piece of software is becoming taurine-esque, unwieldy, then perhaps it shouldn’t be a single piece of software. Ultimately, to be fast is to be light. And to be light is to lessen the burden on someone or some task.

Additionally, what a great written piece. ​

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