It’s never too early to think about performance – Rebecca Parsons
From Effective Java:
More computing sins are committed in the name of efficiency (without necessarily achieving it) than for any other single reason—including blind stupidity.
—William A. Wulf [Wulf72]
We should forget about small efficiencies, say about 97% of the time: premature optimization is the root of all evil.
—Donald E. Knuth [Knuth74]
We follow two rules in the matter of optimization:
Rule 1. Don’t do it.
Rule 2 (for experts only). Don’t do it yet—that is, not until you have a perfectly clear and unoptimized solution.
—M. A. Jackson [Jackson75]
When I started programming I thought the goal was to produce code that was fast. So I wrote concise code without regard for readability. Now, I lean toward readability. I guess I’m just trying to differentiate performance and optimization. Performance is good. (Premature) optimization is bad. I struggle with this because I find it easier and more enjoyable working with the details and not at a system level.