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Re: Maintainable Code?

by sauoq (Abbot)
on Nov 11, 2002 at 23:51 UTC ( #212153=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Maintainable Code?

"Yep, that's pretty cool but if anyone else has to maintain your code they're screwed."

Translated: "Yep, that's pretty cool but if I have to maintain your code, I'm screwed."

That's what your co-worker thinks. If faced with the necessity to maintain your code, he might just surprise himself and rise to the occasion despite his lack of self-confidence.

In other words you should "code down" to the least experienced coder on your team.

Absolutely not! You should work together to improve your collective skills rather than work separately to worsen the quality of your code. The "coding down" idea is built on the assumption that each member of the team should be able to do the work of any other without assistance. If that's the case, there is no point in being a team at all. If the least experienced member doesn't understand some code then you should simply help him understand it.

I think the most effective approach to coding is simply "do your best." Write code that someone at your own skill level would rate highly. Dumbing it down won't help you or anyone in the long run.

"My two cents aren't worth a dime.";

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[james28909]: im not quite how to explain it any better nick. you evolved from ignorance to intelligence. not the other way. the universe evolves from gas coulds and debris into planets stars and galaxies ect. it doesnt happen any other way. hence it has ....
[james28909]: some kind of logic behind it
[james28909]: and that is also anothe rpoint i made, i think it has to do with perception of the world around you. most people think of evolution on a human scale. why could life evolve on this planet? because this planet evolved in this solar system. and so on.
[holli]: here's something for you to watch, James. I think you will like it
[erix]: for the record: I have not downvoted anyone on that subthread that was my fault
[james28909]: there are all kinds of things that had to happen to let life come to be. but at the same time, life may not be the end goal IF there is any kind of end goal lol
[james28909]: well who is the person who gets to decide which behaviour is worthy of a downvote? a person with their own beliefs? xD
[erix]: teleology -- I've never understood why that was thunk up
[erix]: ( and when teleology was brought up, during my biology-study., I couldn't get an answer either )
[1nickt]: FTR I agree with you about "design." Just not sure about the trajectory of evolution. THere are a lot of dead-ends in the evolutionary paths. I suspect homo sapiens is just one of them.

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