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Kernighan comes to mind - "Debugging is twice as hard as writing the code in the first place. Therefore, if you write the code as cleverly as possible, you are, by definition, not smart enough to debug it."

As a rule of thumb and corollary to that I'd say: Leave behind code that you understand at a glance, even were you looking at it some time from writing it. Others may still have to gnaw a bit - but the uninitiated will learn something, right?

"Readable to the non-initiated" is malleable - initiated to what level? Acolyte, Friar, Hermit? :-)

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In reply to Re^3: Should I leave behind beautiful code or readable code? by shmem
in thread Should I leave behind beautiful code or readable code? by MaxKlokan

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