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It's a Principle

Sumeet Sumeet Follow Aug 23, 2019 · 2 mins read
It's a Principle
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Don’t disrespect the principle, regardless of how small they seem.

Have you ever come across someone saying - “It’s a matter of principles?” - no matter in which context it is? People tend to undermine this for the fact that they still don’t know what principles are. Today I had one of the greatest realisations of having principles in place. They are the ultimate guiding rules to achieve something. They are not there because of you or me or someone. They are just there - in order for you and me to achieve something. They are supposed to be followed, and if you don’t, I don’t see how you will get what you aim for. If you achieve what you want, it basically confirms the fact that consciously or sub consciously you have followed those principles.

It’s like natures law, but twisted based on your goal. It is that cable which holds the bridge together so that you can reach the other side. If that cable breaks, the bridge basically collapses and entire purpose is defeated. Accept it or not, identify them or not, believe them or not, follow them or not - principles are always there.

Principle must live by itself and not by the authority of man. - Gautam Buddha

What do you do while defining the architectural principles? Once you are clear on the context, and what you have to build and deliver, you lay down high level rules to abide by while developing your product. It is these rules, which stand the test of time and are known as principles.

In a product development life cycle, the team initially is very young to realise rules to abide by and thus ends up conceiving a bunch of them. In the long run these rules may or may not be required. Over the period it is required to phase out some of them and introduce new ones based on the situation. Again, these are rules and not principles. There is a thin line between both of them. Principles are those which you identify even before you start building something and they stay till the end. Principles are more like a guiding common sense which enable and direct your journey from point A to point B. Where as, rules are temporary. More of assisting in following the principles.

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Hi, I am Sumeet, and I believe the world belongs to the doers. Here, I publish my technical tinkering experiences. I hope you like it!