Do you understand what is meant by “building on what we know”? We realize with a little hindsight that this is again a lot of common sense and altruism, thinking of the next developers who will pass over our code. Here, there was no question of scouts, SOLID, Keep It Simple, Stupid (KISS), or other principles. It’s about rethinking our very methods of writing code.
We must remember that the basics can (and should) be questioned and not considered as set in stone. Self-confidence is a wonderful thing, and if you are able to combine this with continuous questioning of your habits in a perspective of continuous improvement, you are on the right track to becoming an excellent developer, being able to write clean code naturally, and bringing your collaborators with you in this practice.
Taking the initiative is a remarkable thing; knowing the risks and evaluating them in your context is the key to striving for perfection. This way, you are able to know...