As software developers, we all aim to write amazing, beautiful code. It’s part of what motivates us. But remember, the real goal is to ship something that people can use. And writing beautiful code isn’t necessarily what makes that happen (example).
Don’t be a clean code zealot. Clean code is not a goal.
This hit home for me after years working with an incredibly tedious and impractical code review process at a previous company. The team was unproductive, and we shipped plenty bugs.
Sure, aim for great code. But there is a practical point where you need to let go and ship something that works.
Let clean code guide you. Then let it go.
As an engineer, yes, be elegant. But more than that, be practical. Voltaire put it elegantly 😆 way back in the day.