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Re: Maintainable Code?

by dws (Chancellor)
on Nov 11, 2002 at 21:27 UTC ( #212100=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Maintainable Code?

Turns out that said co-worker did not understand HoH's or any other "complicated" (his words) data structure for that matter.

So your co-worker generalizes from his (lack of) experience, and predicts that everyone else will have a problem. How very human of him. I often catch myself doing the same.

When coding, do you assume a certain level of expertise of the lucky so-an-so who has to maintain the code?

I assume that they'll be a notch or two behind my abilities, and try to write code in a way that will help them up the learning curve. This means descriptions of any non-obvious data structures, and no tricks unless well commented.

Give people good examples to work from, and they may surprise you by how quickly they catch on.

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