Worse is Better

WARNING: This article features ANCIENT code! I'm keeping it online because it's interesting to see what I was thinking 10+ years ago. But you DEFINITELY should not be using this code. Anything you're reading about on this page has changed significantly since this was written.

Some interesting essays from computer history: Worse Is Better. The original essay considers the success of C against the arguably superior Lisps, which failed to gain widespread popularity. It seems hard to predict whether a particular product will succeed using Worse Is Better - lots of times, worse just sucks - but it's useful in retrospect to see why a product wins.