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in "Notes on Programming in C", in section "Complexity", Rob Pike writes:

Most programs are too complicated - that is, more complex than they need to be to solve their problems efficiently. Why? Mostly it's because of bad design, but I will skip that issue here because it's a big one. .../...

Does anyone know whether Rob Pike has written more about software design and how to avoid complexity, and where this might be found?

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I accepted an answer, but if anyone else wants to chime it, feel free! –  Christopher Mahan Aug 17 '11 at 16:17

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You might want to look at Pike (and Brian Kernighan) book, "The Practice of Programming" (http://www.amazon.com/Practice-Programming-Brian-W-Kernighan/dp/020161586X).

The Text Editor Sam has some efficiency and design philosophizing in it.

Pike, sad to say, isn't amazingly prolific in terms of writing.

UPDATE: Rob Pike has a blog. I found this blog after I wrote my answer above.

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Thanks. That was on my to-get list. I guess I'll prioritize upward. –  Christopher Mahan Aug 17 '11 at 16:12
    
It's a pretty good book. Pike is one of my programming heroes, so I bought and read it right when it came out. –  Bruce Ediger Aug 17 '11 at 16:31
    
Thanks. I'm also reading through Sam of Plan9. Interesting. –  Christopher Mahan Aug 17 '11 at 16:46

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