in reply to Tricking Our Egos

The trick I've used is no trick: 90% of the code I've written over the past 10 years has been on public display one way or the other, so I get a very public code review every time. I also end up explaining most of it in what I hope are simple terms, so if it's too hard to explain, it doesn't stay.

And then there's the constant fear that some of my worst code will end up as evidence in a future court appearance. That's not an irrational fear: it's already happened. The stupid port-bender code I wrote to permit me to get my Intel mail while I was outside the firewall ended up as part of evidence, and it's some of my worst-written code (it was a quick hack!).

So I now write like someone's looking over my shoulder. Always. {grin}

-- Randal L. Schwartz, Perl hacker