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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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