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Re: Maintainable Code?

by BrowserUk (Pope)
on Nov 11, 2002 at 18:58 UTC ( #212034=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Maintainable Code?

I really hate it when people invoke the "it's a maintenance problem" when the see code they don't understand.

<obligatory auto analogy>

Can you imagine (for those of you that didn't have the pleasure), if all cars produced today still had single carbs with manual chokes instead of fuel injection, no electronic ignition, 3-speed gearboxes and no synchromesh, no anti-lock brakes, no air-bags, no self-winders or self-tensioners on the seat-belts, no electric windows, no central locking, no catalytic converters, not to mention all the ICE, self-diagnostics and navigational aids that are beginning to appear.

All these things add complexity and increase both the need for maintenance and the experience level of those that perform it.

</obligatory auto analogy>

Until the production of code and the maintenance of code are given equal footing, this urban myth that dumbing down code saves on maintenance will persist.

Yes. I know that there are some places one should fear to tread, but using the utility and power of the language to good effect isn't one of them.


Nah! You're thinking of Simon Templar, originally played (on UKTV) by Roger Moore and later by Ian Ogilvy


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