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Re: I wrote some clever code - can the comment "defuse" it?

by kabel (Chaplain)
on Jun 17, 2003 at 21:58 UTC ( #266656=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to I wrote some clever code - can the comment "defuse" it?

i remembered a quotation of a former prof of mine:
To paraphrase Samuel Johnson, we advise you to look over your code very carefully, and whenever you find a part that you think is particularly fine, strike it out!

Charniak et al. 1980

the code you posted is not the easiest one. plus, you are a skilled perler. plus, the language we speak about is perl (everything just is condensed). plus, you said yourself that you are unsure about the expresiveness of the code.

i think, everyone reading that in a few months will get problems - it is then a matter of experience how long the remembering-phase will take to start ;-)

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Re^2: I wrote some clever code - can the comment "defuse" it?
by Aristotle (Chancellor) on Jun 17, 2003 at 22:01 UTC
    Or to take one from the collection on my home node:
    Rule of thumb: if you think something is clever and sophisticated, beware - it is probably self-indulgence.
    — Donald Norman

    Makeshifts last the longest.

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[oiskuu]: Don't you think it's disturbing that the washing machine manual would say not to start it with pets inside?
[oiskuu]: So, how long did it take you to grow up?
[oiskuu]: Have you ever had your temperature taken from the other end?
[marto]: I read about a case where people were at a launderette, or whatever they're called in the US, and as a joke, put their toddler in with the washing, then closed the door
[Your Mother]: (Work in progress.)
[marto]: unaware that the model in question started the cycle automatically, provided the money/token had already been provided
[marto]: CCTV footage of the joke gone wrong is used in educational materials now IIRC
[ambrus]: oiskuu: definitely not silly. have you ever tried to remove cat hair or dog hair from clothes? for many clothes, it's pretty hard, and running the washing machine with a cat inside would get the hair on everything.
[oiskuu]: YM, I'm interested in your questions... maybe start a a thread at polls.
[oiskuu]: marto, it ended badly? I doubt the power is easy to plug at those installations?

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