A plea for lean software. Wirth, N. IEEE Computer, 28(2):64--68, 2, 1995.
A plea for lean software [link]Paper  bibtex   
  author    = {Niklaus Wirth},
  title     = {{A plea for lean software}},
  journal   = {IEEE Computer},
  pages     = {64--68},
  year      = 1995,
  month     = 2,
  volume    = {28},
  number    = {2},
  url= {https://metager.to/0x-9a},
  annote    = {http://www.oberon2005.ru/paper/nw1995-02e.pdf
              Memory requirements of today's
              workstations typically jump
              substantially--from several to many
              megabytes--whenever there's a new
              software release. When demand surpasses
              capacity, it's time to buy add-on memory.
              When the system has no more
              extensibility, it's time to buy a new,
              more powerful workstation. Do increased
              performance and functionality keep pace
              with the increased demand for resources?
              Mostly the answer is no. The author
              contends that software's girth has
              surpassed its functionality, largely
              because hardware advances make this
              possible. He maintains that the way to
              streamline software lies in disciplined
              methodologies and a return to the
              essentials. He explores the reasons
              behind software's increasing heft and
              relates the history of Project Oberon
              as an example of how software should be
              built. Oberon's primary goal was to show
              that software can be developed with a
              fraction of the memory capacity and
              processor power usually required without
              sacrificing flexibility, functionality,
              or user convenience. The Oberon system
              has been in use since 1989, serving
              purposes that include document
              preparation, software development, and
              computer-aided design of electronic
              circuits, among many others. The system
              includes storage management, a file
              system, a window display manager, a
              network with servers, a compiler, and
              text, graphics, and document editors.

              Increasingly, people seem to
              misinterpret complexity as
              sophistication, which is baffling---the
              incomprehensible should cause
              suspicion rather than admiration.
              Possibly this trend results from a
              mistaken belief that using a somewhat
              mysterious device confers an aura of
              power on the user.},
  issn      = {0018-9162},

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