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Re: Programs/Methods for analyzing an existing Perl based system

by Abigail-II (Bishop)
on May 30, 2002 at 12:10 UTC ( #170357=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: Programs/Methods for analyzing an existing Perl based system
in thread Programs/Methods for analyzing an existing Perl based system

There's something fundamentally wrong with measuring complexity based on low level analyses of code and using the outcome to judge the quality of code.

Most people will agree the grammar of the musings of Shakespeare is much more complex than Dr Suess books. Does that mean the childrens books have a higher quality than the plays?

There are other problems as well. Such analyses can only focus on a particular implementation. It doesn't cast any judgement on a proper algorithm. It will favour a linear seach of a sorted array over a binary search, because the linear search requires less conditions to implement.

It doesn't mean you shouldn't use such a tool. It just means that you have to be very careful with what you do with its results.

Abigail


Comment on Re: Programs/Methods for analyzing an existing Perl based system
Re: Re: Programs/Methods for analyzing an existing Perl based system
by derby (Abbot) on May 30, 2002 at 12:56 UTC
    A2,

    There's something fundamentally wrong with measuring complexity based on low level analyses of code and using the outcome to judge the quality of code

    Didn't think I was. Everything else++. Except the part about Shakespeare and Suess - that's just silly.

    -derby

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