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Re: Re: Seven habits of highly careful coders

by shenme (Priest)
on Sep 14, 2003 at 15:56 UTC ( #291410=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Seven habits of highly careful coders
in thread Seven habits of highly careful coders

Not really.   I've worked with people who can describe at length what they are doing and why it works and how wonderful it is... but what they've typed in isn't that.   There is a pattern of failure, not seeing the actual code for the glow of what it was _meant_ to be.

I've sometimes wanted to ask them to get up, walk around the room, sit down again and *read* what they've typed.

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Re: Re: Re: Seven habits of highly careful coders
by chanio (Priest) on Sep 14, 2003 at 23:45 UTC
    By experience, I found out that my best coding used to come at ocassions when I lost my papers and I had to write all over again by memory...
      Although the pattern you deseribe requires poor documentation and orginization (must you still place your hand on the glowing red stove burner to realize it be hot) -- I agree that a complete refactoring many times can output much better code. It allows you to break out of the loop and look at the problem in a new way.


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[erix]: I'd better split by union/intersect/ except and submit the resulting parts to a simple regex
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