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Re: An irrational coding choice found

by ruzam (Curate)
on Mar 19, 2012 at 14:08 UTC ( #960419=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to An irrational coding choice found

I've made coding choices that I can't rationalize later. But I find it's often more insidious than that.

Having made a coding choice for a particularly complicated problem, I'll come back to the code later to do more work on it (add features, fix bugs, etc) only to find I completely don't understand why I wrote it the way I did in the first place. With fresh ideas on how the code 'should' have been written, I begin a long process of re-factoring the whole mess into something that makes more sense. It isn't until after I've spent considerable time, unravelling large portions of code that I come to understand, why I wrote it the way I did the first time. Some times I get lucky and my 'fresh ideas' make for better code. More often than not, the original code stands and I've wasted time going down a dead end.

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Re^2: An irrational coding choice found
by BrowserUk (Patriarch) on Mar 19, 2012 at 14:18 UTC
    only to find I completely don't understand why I wrote it the way I did in the first place.

    Now that's a good time for a comment or two. At least the second time around :)

    Of course, when you're in zone of the coding, you don't always recognise the things that'll throw you later.

    And some would no doubt use that as a justifiction for commenting everything, every time. But yah boo sucks to that.

    With the rise and rise of 'Social' network sites: 'Computers are making people easier to use everyday'
    Examine what is said, not who speaks -- Silence betokens consent -- Love the truth but pardon error.
    "Science is about questioning the status quo. Questioning authority".
    In the absence of evidence, opinion is indistinguishable from prejudice.

    The start of some sanity?

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