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General Development "You often hear about how important it is to write 'readable code'. Developers have pretty strong opinions about what makes code more readable. The more senior the developer, the stronger the opinion. But, have you ever stopped to think about what really makes code readable?"
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RE: Not sure I agree
by Alfman on Wed 17th Apr 2013 22:12 UTC in reply to "Not sure I agree"
Alfman
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2011-01-28

Neolander,

I was going to say something similar. Code in either simple languages or complex languages can be difficult to read and understand for different reasons.

Consider the utterly simple computer language grammar used by the turing machine. Every step is so trivial that almost anyone should understand it, but so many steps are required that expressing any algorithm of significant complexity would make anybody's head explode. Too many steps are needed to solve the target problem. It's inefficient.

A balance is needed, but I don't think a universal one is possible as it depends on both the programmer as well as the task at hand.

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