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Re^2: My code and your stupidity don't mix!

by dragonchild (Archbishop)
on Dec 06, 2005 at 12:59 UTC ( #514429=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: My code and your stupidity don't mix!
in thread Would you use 'goto' here?

Which one would you prefer to read in your documentation?

  • the ways that I can let you know what I am thinking that will help you know what I am thinking better
  • effective communication

The first phrase doesn't use a word over 8 letters, and only three words are six letters or more. Every word is one that a second-grader would know what it means. It's also 22 words long.

The second phrase, however, is only two words long - 9 letters and 13 letters respectively. Both are words that I wouldn't expect a child in fourth grade to know. Oh, and the second phrase still contains a more precise meaning than the first phrase.

That's what map and grep and $_ do for you. Succinct communication is often more effective communication.

My criteria for good software:
  1. Does it work?
  2. Can someone else come in, make a change, and be reasonably certain no bugs were introduced?

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