“The art of destroying software”

“The art of destroying software” is the title of a talk by Greg Young. I attended this talk in person in Kyiv in 2017. I can’t find a recording of it, but here is an older 2014 recording. I made the following outline to help me remember it.

  • It is massively valuable to be able to rewrite software to change the model.
  • Optimize your code for deletion.
  • Be able to (re)write a component in one week.
  • You can’t understand 17000 lines a week.
  • Proper objects, Unix philosophy, actors == microservices. Read Alan Kay to understand microservices. Learn Erlang.
  • Alan Kay has said he should have called it “message orientation”.
  • “Can you imagine working as a developer and not being afraid?”