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You're generally not going to be able to write the simple code until you've found the right abstractions by writing the complicated code.

I spend much time staring at code thinking there's got to be a simpler way. Sometimes I find one.

I think that's my point: if you write the simple code, then you've probably demonstrated both that you can write complicated code, and that you can simplify it.

My point was that getting people to demonstrate facility with complex code is sensible because that's a prerequisite for writing novel simple code.

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