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Re: Ninja style coding... is it bad?

by bluto (Curate)
on Sep 07, 2004 at 20:37 UTC ( #389206=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Ninja style coding... is it bad?

I'm a ninja coder. I admit it. But in the process, I'm afraid that I've lost my true self. How do I really code?

My style rule: If you have to maintain the someone elses code style, your sanity level will approach the sanity level of the original developer.

I've worked on a large code base with many developers in the past. In general it is a good idea to keep the existing author's style especially if they are still maintaining the code, and it doesn't drive you crazy. I don't look at it as losing myself, but rather being able to adapt.

That said, I feel your pain. My sanity took a hit a while back when I had to maintain a fair amount of code that someone reformatted to their "taste" since they didn't want to maintain the original style. This taste included making lines go past 100-columns by using crazy indentation rules and lots of levels of indentation, introducing non-English comments and variable names to code written entirely in English, and using huge variable names (>60 characters long in some cases). This made it impossible to even diff the code against previous releases and determine what changes were actually made, even with a version control system. My choice was to keep with their "style", reformat the huge amount of code again, or find other work. The other work is working out just fine...


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