In the mid-1600s French mathematician and philosopher, Blaise Pascal, had included this witticism in a letter he had written:
Je n’ai fait celle-ci plus longue que parce que je n’ai pas eu le loisir de la faire plus courte.
I have made this longer than usual because I have not had time to make it shorter.
I’m particularly fond of this witticism because it has shaped how I view writing code at early stages of product development.
For a long time I started projects with the idea of making a world changing product. With that came a grand and expensive vision about how that product was going to be built. There was a lot of time thinking about implementing a perfect technological foundation to build the product upon.