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Discussion on: Should Coding be Trivial?

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Alain Van Hout

Planning is necessary, but in the same way that you plan a (holiday) trip: you make sure you have a clear general idea of where you want to arrive, what the most likely obstacles are (and the general approaches to circumvent then), and what the different high-level routes are that could get you to your destination (so you can make an initial decision on which to go for first). Beyond that, you have to find your way while on route and do your best to not invest time in dead ends.

As for those who only do architecture (in the narrow sense): problems are always smaller from a distance, so they don't see any of those numerous small problems that the average developer needs to work around.