I’d be very grateful if you would add your favorites below to the comments, preferably with a link to a source that either introduces or references the maxim. It’s OK to agree or disagree with the maxim.
I’d enjoy seeing people’s support/critiques for these below as well — may merit more focused posts another day.
- The End-to-End Argument, Saltzer/Reed/Clark, ICDCS ’81.
- Many examples in Lampson’s “Hints for Computer System Design“, SOSP ’83.
- “All problems in computer science can be solved by another level of indirection”. — also attributed to Butler Lampson