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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[3]: Comment by lucas_maximus
by TempleOS on Thu 18th Apr 2013 13:13 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by lucas_maximus"
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The rules for 50,000,000 lines of code are different from 140,000 or 10,000 or 1,000.

I aspire to be more libertarian than hall-monitor. I stop myself when I get an impulse to make up rules to keep things extra tidy.

Clearly, there is no end to the number of policies you could invent to keep code tidy. Moderation, I guess. Don't pat yourself on the back because you can make-up lots of rules. It becomes the most important thing, if you're not careful. Even beginner programmers might want to develop an attitude like a manager and spend a lot of thought thinking about what the code accomplishes. Code which has no purpose is not good no matter how tidy.

Edited 2013-04-18 13:22 UTC

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