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When I was learning how to program, I hit the same problem over and over again.

I would write a program that worked well, but after some time of extending it, I could now tweak it any further. The complexity would overwhelm me, or it would be so tightly written that it allowed no room for expansion.

Or I didn't want to change a beautiful design because that would make it worse.

I dismissed these two books, mostly out of arrogance – I already knew most of what they had to say, so what was the use for them?