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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...


In reply to Re: Ninja style coding... is it bad? by bluto
in thread Ninja style coding... is it bad? by thaigrrl

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