The second law: prevention | Zen and the Art of website Maintenance

Prevention: one apple a day.

We’ve already talked about the first law, learning trough errors, build up experience!

The second law, comes as a consequence of my really long experience in making mistakes. That’s it, really long!

The second law states about prevention:

2. Don’t create the problem

There are many creative and, more or less, funny ways to create a problem:

  • The one I hate the most is related to promising something you can’t achieve. There are limits, technology limits, human limits or time related limits, do not promise stuff beyond these limits, you are adding a problem to a problem. Do not promise things you can’t achieve! Never!
  • The most creative way to generate a problem is trying to make things differently even when in the end you are making things more complicated. If it works well maybe its the right time to spend your energy and you efforts on something else. If wheels have always been round there is a reason, do not try to change the way they works if they are already simple to make.
  • The least creative way is letting things happen, being idle, while the world changes. The world changes fast, the web even faster, try not to be lazy on that update that you have to make on the server, if you let it be you know what is going to happen next: performance loss, crashes, ecc. Problems you didn’t need.

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Why you should not abuse of the word innovation

Speaking of web, my opinion is that you shouldn’t abuse of the term “Innovation“.

Innovation as a term in the web context is totally pleonastic, since web is continuously evolving, you are adding nothing to the argumentation. Sounds really rhetoric and well, you might look as a startupper.

There is no change when changes becomes the rule, there is just a constant effort to stay updated.