Complexity: Food and Blogs

Published on May 28, 2019

Complexity can cost time and money.

There are pros and cons to everything, including complexity.

I want to kept the it of my talk ambiguous. I believe this applies to many different aspects. Code, Design, DevOps, System Architecture but even non-technical aspects too.

There is a cooking book I use quite a lot. It's called Take 5. It has loads of quick to make recipes using only 5 ingredients. They all taste amazing.

How many websites have you seen that are overly complicated, when all they do is host a couple of blog posts? Knowing the overall goal of an application before you proceed can save a huge amount of time and money.

Blogs are common. If you're starting a blog, then you have many options:

  • I chose: a self hosted rails application
  • FTP files to a server using eg; Filezilla
  • A blogging service that gets you up and running in minutes

If you host it yourself, you might want a design.

This takes time: probably knowledge of HTML and CSS

Or this takes money: buying a theme, albeit you can get one for £10, but how much does this save you overall? It probably costs you more in the long run.

Maybe WordPress or Medium is good enough.