Developers often laud some tool or other for giving them a lot of leverage. The focus of Small, Fast, & Simple is not just tools that give a lot of leverage, but tools that provide extreme leverage. Screwdrivers offer leverage, quite a bit, but it isn’t extreme leverage. Many of the features offered by modern programming languages and frameworks are not long levers, but marginal offerings that make the tool a little easier to use. SFS is about Archimedes-style move-the-world length levers; techniques, structures, and paradigms that—all on their own—offer the wide range of capabilities needed.
February 16, 2015