Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 15th Jan 2013 21:24 UTC
General Development "I was really excited to write this article, because it gave me an excuse to really think about what beautiful code is. I still don't think I know, and maybe it's entirely subjective. I do think the two biggest things, for me at least, are stylistic indenting and maximum const-ness. A lot of the stylistic choices are definitely my personal preferences, and I'm sure other programmers will have different opinions. I think the choice of what style to use is up to whoever has to read and write the code, but I certainly think it's something worth thinking about. I would suggest everyone look at the Doom 3 source code because I think it exemplifies beautiful code, as a complete package: from system design down to how to tab space the characters." John Carmack himself replies in the comments.
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RE: Good article
by henderson101 on Wed 16th Jan 2013 10:39 UTC in reply to "Good article"
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IMHO, having a terminating statement like 'END IF' is a lot more elegant than having braces all over the f**king place.


No, no it's not. You try to maintain someone else's VB.Net app... "End If"'s (and "End ..." blocks in general) are complete crud. Braces are only complicated if you don't line them up correctly.. but most modern IDE's don't even make that hard. I far prefer '}' to working out which flavour of 'End ...' is missing in a VB method that some idiot made span 3 or 4 screens. Dometimes life is too short to not refactor, and moving VB code to C# is not all that hard. In fact, the last time I did that I fixed about 3 or 4 obscure bugs that VB introduced due to it's utter shit syntax (and this is with Option Explicit and Option Strict on.)

Having come from a Pascal background (but having done a lot of C++ in my BeOS days, ADA at university and BASIC before that), the "begin .. end" block teaches you much better practices than C's braces. There are plenty of places I will use a block where other programmers will not, mainly because it saves time in the long run.

And don't even get me started on semi-colons ;)


The semi-colon is a fairly unambiguous end of statement marker. If that is hard to understand, you are pretty much doomed.

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