Don't Be Lazy

Over the years, I've heard the advice "Be Lazy" many times. It's good advice, but it has a downside. Some people seem to misinterpret what it means.

You see, there are two kinds of laziness: physical laziness, and mental laziness.

The advice "Be Lazy" means "use your brain to conserve your physical energy by solving problems efficiently and reusably".

It does not mean "spend your physical energy and time in solving problems with brute force or copy-and-paste". That's the wrong way to be lazy, because it creates much more work in the long run.

So don't be lazy: be smart.

Think about problems before you start working on them. Sometimes, thinking first means you can eliminate problems without a single line of code.

That's the right way to be lazy.

Published: September 28, 2013

Categories: coding

Tags: coding, opinion, dev, development

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