Applying the Unix Philosophy

These philosophical principles aren't just vague generalities. In the Unix world they come straight from experience and lead to specific prescriptions, some of which we've already developed above. Here's a by no means exhaustive list:

We'll see the Unix design rules, and the prescriptions that derive from them, applied over and over again in the remainder of this book. Unsurprisingly, they tend to converge with the very best practices from software engineering in other traditions.[12]

[12] One notable example is Butler Lampson's Hints for Computer System Design [Lampson], which I discovered late in the preparation of this book. It not only expresses a number of Unix dicta in forms that were clearly discovered independently, but uses many of the same tag lines to illustrate them.