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Re: Perl Elitist Code vs Functional Code

by eyepopslikeamosquito (Chancellor)
on Aug 11, 2012 at 05:04 UTC ( #986856=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Perl Elitist Code vs Functional Code

You wrote it in 10 minutes ... but took you an hour to write
I think you are over-selling the importance of quick coding. For example, Schach (1999) estimates that programming represents only 12% of total software development cost while maintenance dominates at 67%. So even reducing programming time down to zero saves you only 12% while halving maintenance costs saves you 33%.

Of course, hacking out a quick throw-away script in ten minutes, rather than an hour, is a big win. But for production code that must be maintained by many different programmers over a period of many years, it is more important to focus on maintainability.

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