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Re^2: Make it good

by apotheon (Deacon)
on Oct 18, 2004 at 16:32 UTC ( #400210=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Make it good
in thread Make it good

Why is this joking? I can only assume you're referring to Windows, which really doesn't meet those criteria.

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Re^3: Make it good
by CloneArmyCommander (Friar) on Oct 18, 2004 at 17:06 UTC
    I depend on Windows at school, my luck is if I submit something saying it absolutely does not meet any of the criteria, Windows would throw the blue screen of death at me :), hahaha :).
      Heh. Good point.
      Windows can be vindictive like that.

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Re^3: Make it good
by BrowserUk (Pope) on Oct 18, 2004 at 17:41 UTC

    Neither does Unix or Linux.

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      In my experience, Linux (for example) is at least a lot closer to meeting every one of those goals than Windows. Obviously, these criteria are somewhat subjective in real-world application, but if you use either Linux or Windows as a basis for comparison, the other falls short of (in the case of Windows compared to Linux) or admirably meets (in the case of Linux compared to Windows) those goals.

      Granted, I don't know enough about the code in the Linux kernel to be able to comment particularly on its reusability and readability, but the fact that it's open source makes it reusable and readable, even if only with difficulty, while the closed source status of the Windows kernel makes it unreusable and unreadable — to say nothing of the fact that it's such a bloated, crufty collection of layered kludges that I have a hard time imagining pieces of its code being terribly reusable or readable, anyway.

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        Don't redefine the terms. The OP was talking about reusable code in terms of software engineering - not about about licensing issues. perl is open source, but it's not very readable or reusable. And I've seen a lot of code that's both readable and reusable according to the definitions the OP gave, but which isn't open source.

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