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Complexity creep is something that should be fought tooth and nail where ever you find it. It's the biggest enemy of keeping your code maintainable. As soon as you feel that you're losing track of what is going on you need to step back and re-think your approach and re-factor. If you don't then in the long term you'll lose control completely. It's not a matter of 'if' but 'when' and by the time 'when' rolls around you will end up wishing you had taken care of the problem when it was still tractable. Short term thinking on long term projects is not an option.



This is absolutely correct. Maintaining control of your software means maintaining a good understanding of it which requires relentless refactoring. Refactoring without guilt. Too many programmers think they are wasting time when they refractor large parts of their program but this is always necessary.




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