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Legibility

  • The degree of visibility into a system

  • The opacity of complex systems decreases their legibility

  • It is often a pre-requisite to react to a system

  • One example is modern beehive design

    • It is designed to be able to completely monitor bees, collect honey, and scale according to the whims of the owner.
  • Another example is metrics and tracing for distributed systems.

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