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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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The audience
by Soulbender on Thu 18th Apr 2013 03:34 UTC
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First of all, we can target our code for our audience.

Unless you write your code specifically for educational purposes there's no way you'll know who will have to understand your code in the future. Obviously then, you should always write your code as easily understandable as possible.

What we really need to focus on now is programming languages with small vocabularies that can be easily understood and learned

Uh yeah, that's why we have Basic and other introductory languages.

Eventually when a larger base of the population understands how to code and programming concepts

Why exactly should the larger base of the population understand how to code? It's like saying the larger base of the population should know how to read and draft architectural blueprints. I don't really see how it would benefit most individuals or the society at large.
I know this may come as a surprise to some geeks but not everyone is interested in learning how to code.

Edited 2013-04-18 03:40 UTC

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