Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Rube Goldberg Machine

A Rube Goldberg Machine is an on purposely designed complicated machine to perform a simple task. This american expression comes from the american cartoonist and inventor Rube Goldberg.

You can hear this expression a lot here in united states specially to refer persons or things that over complicate solutions for simple problems. In the computers world specially developers we tend to do this a lot! We can have a solution for a problem but sometimes it is not the best solution and as as long as it accomplishes the objective we are happy.

Sometimes we need to stop being a Rube Goldberg Machine and try to find a better solution sometimes it can help to understand the problem but we shouldn't stop there we should go deeper and look for better answers.

As a plus you can watch this great!!! video showing a great example of this. I think it took one year to finish it

So are you a Rube Goldberg Machine or not?

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