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This was the exact attitude I held for the first 5 years of my career until I realized that:

* There's a ridiculous amount of code that either gets tossed or goes almost totally unusued and time spent on beautiful engineering on that is 100% waste. This is, I think, why languages with incredibly strict type systems that try to 'force' good design up front never end up being widely deployed. They make prototyping way too expensive.

* Only juniors demand to rewrite or refactor anything. Being a really good developer means being able to figure out creative ways to fix the most enormous technical debt incrementally and knowing that you shouldn't ever have to 'demand' to do that because you can just do it.

* Pretty much every project I've ever seen that does anything useful starts out with nasty code because the programmers who worry about making it beautiful before it's useful never make it useful to begin with.

* People who dream up architecture before writing the code dream up the worst architectures. The best architectures, on the other hand, happens as a result of a lot of time spent tediously refactoring code.




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