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Absolutely. Flexibility comes at a price though, but in my view it's well worth it in the long term.
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So often, when I have written code with a view to being able to handle possible future expansions or changes in requirements, the life I have saved has been my own.

I am fortunate in two ways though:
1. I have a boss who says "Get X done by time T" and leaves me to it
2. There is actually enough time to do X by time T with a bit of slack which I can use to make things happen better than they did last time around.

When you build a house, and someone comes along and demands an extra room, it is *so* nice not to have to rebuild the house first!

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Exactly. Have to draw the line somewhere tho - you could build the house with extra strong foundations just in case you need to put an extra storey on top. Spose it depends how likely that is.
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I would term the approach adopting a pragmatic approach rather than a "purist" approach.
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I can't resist pointing out that you make concrete stronger by adding --- REBAR!

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I've never had Red Cross training, but I like to think that I've learned how to apply CPR -- configurability, predictability, resiliancy -- to software systems. Still it's surprisingly hard to teach people that with software, the time to do CPR is before your code has a heart attack.
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I tried to work in rebar somehow, Mike, but couldn't. That helps with sheer forces, but not with expansions.

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Still, rebar in concrete won't crumble, unlike its T-SQL counterpart.

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On the other hand...
One of the rules of extreme programming was "do the simplest thing that could possibly work."
There is some danger in adding code complexity to anticipate future conditions that may never arise. Like the man said: "it all depends"!
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