Linked Questions

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How do you know you're writing good code? [duplicate]

I love programming. I've been messing around with code since I was a kid. I never went the professional route, but I have coded several in-house applications for various employers, including a project ...
73
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17answers
7k views

What hurts maintainability? [duplicate]

For someone who doesn't have much real world experience yet, the notion of maintainable code is a bit vague, even though it follows from typical good practice rules. Intuitively I can tell that code ...
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11answers
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What characteristics or features make code maintainable? [duplicate]

I used to think I knew what this was, until I really started thinking about it... "maintainable"... what exactly makes code maintainable? To me, if code must be maintainable that means we can expect ...
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9answers
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How clean should new code be? [duplicate]

I'm the lead designer in our team, which means I'm responsible for the quality of the code; functionality, maintainability and readability. How clean should I require my team members' code to be if ...
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8answers
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Are there any easy-to-follow/reliable methods for simplifying code? [duplicate]

There is a problem with the way I code. Regardless of how much of a plan I write beforehand, the code becomes overcomplicated quickly. Reading books on good practice and attempting to adhere to their ...
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9answers
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What exactly makes code “clean”? [duplicate]

I am an intern at a small software company, doing typical grunt work. Many tasks that the actual developers are doing are above my head however I finally got to see some real "action" and write some ...
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6answers
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Maximum nesting for loops and conditionals? [duplicate]

I've written some code that has some fairly deep nests (one time, I wrote something that was a conditional check inside a forloop inside a conditional check inside a forloop inside a forloop). Is ...
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4answers
4k views

How much refactoring is acceptable? [duplicate]

I am currently in a project where one of my developer colleagues constantly refactors stuff on every ticket he's doing. We are using agile methodologies. I know that refactoring is a good thing to do ...
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3answers
10k views

What defines code readability? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How would you know if you've written readable and easily maintainable code? It is often said that readability is perhaps the most important quality-defining measure of a ...
8
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3answers
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OO - are large classes acceptable? [duplicate]

Despite many years in IT, I still struggle with OO design. One particular problem I seem to keep ending up with is large classes, often containing many hundreds of lines of code. The OO world talks a ...
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1answer
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Good practice to hold Constants in their own file? [duplicate]

I've noticed some projects like to store constants in their own file, i.e constants used globally and in the main program loop might clutter the main file so perhaps they look to place them elsewhere ...
2
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3answers
591 views

Limit useless complexity in code [duplicate]

I have a question, to explain that, what better than an entirely fictional example? Let's say you are a young developer just being employed in a firm. All data is stored in a huge database (let's ...
3
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2answers
858 views

When does extracting methods from code stop to make sense? [duplicate]

I am currently studying the refactoring methods defined by Marting Fowler (http://refactoring.com/catalog/). He states a tip for replacing chunks of code by a single method that does that job. So ...
2
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2answers
987 views

Prevent code from getting mess [duplicate]

I am a student and a freelance programmer. These days I am developing a software in VB6 which has recently crossed 100KB of source code. The main problem, I face is, many times I have to refactor my ...
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3answers
702 views

Self-Evaluation: How do I know if I actually have a “good grasp” of OOP? [duplicate]

If I skip the back story and any thoughts I have on this topic, there's really only one question left to ask: How can I find out if I have a "good grasp" on OOP? (I am specifically using PHP, but ...
4
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4answers
316 views

Styleguide when coding in a static language [duplicate]

I am currently a junior engineer and keen on learning best practices and expanding my experience. My question concerns any static programming language such as Java, C#, C++ etc. When I am writing ...
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2answers
919 views

“positively formulated” vs. “reads as english sentence” style logic [duplicate]

Sorry, I'd be happy to have someone improve the title of this question. What are the benefits and downsides of "positively formulated" logic vs. having it "english readable". I'm looking for a ...
2
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1answer
1k views

Callback functions: Semantics and maintainability, when they aren't necessary [duplicate]

Within the context of JavaScript/Node.JS; Will using Callback functions improve the maintainability of source code, when there is no need for async programming? For example does the plain code sound ...
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4answers
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Use the company style guide or try to match the incorrect source files? [duplicate]

I'm currently working on a large project in C++. The style guide for this language has been well defined by my company and is available for everyone to see. This particular code-base is being ...
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1answer
904 views

Best practices: Number of return statements [duplicate]

I'd like to ask about best practices on return statements. So, what would be more preferable, something like... ... String r = null; if(var != null) { r = "NOT NULL!"; } return r; Or something ...
5
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1answer
393 views

If TDD is design, how do you know your TDD is well designed? [duplicate]

Given a large group (50+) of programmers: All given the same problem, All using Test-Driven Development (TDD), All pair programming, All doing group-based code review, I have personally seen the ...
5
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3answers
272 views

How to avoid falling into the trap of not commenting code? [duplicate]

I've been working on a project for about a month now. I am extremely familiar with the code and understand it to the extent where I feel that it is so easy to understand, that most methods don't need ...
3
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2answers
210 views

Are there any well-known quantitative approaches to evaluate a particular design whether it satisfies or violates the SOLID design principles? [duplicate]

I designed an application framework by considering the SOLID design principles and supported by design patterns. However, I wonder if there are any automated tools or well-known approaches to evaluate ...
57
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34answers
18k views

When would someone be considered a bad programmer? [closed]

How would you consider that a programmer is bad at what he or she is doing? If possible... How should he/she improve?
140
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18answers
42k views

Is there an excuse for short variable names?

This has become a large frustration with the codebase I'm currently working in; many of our variable names are short and undescriptive. I'm the only developer left on the project, and there isn't ...
169
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15answers
48k views

Developer insists if statements shouldn't have negated conditions, and should always have an else block

I have an acquaintance, a more seasoned developer than me. We were talking about programming practices and I was taken aback by his approach on 'if' statements. He insists on some practices regarding ...
86
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21answers
13k views

How would you react if someone told you your code is a mess?

I am a good programmer, or so I thought before. I always love to program. And I want to learn many things about programming to make me a better programmer. I studied programming for 1 year and now I ...
95
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13answers
18k views

Should we eliminate local variables if we can?

For example, to keep a CPU on in Android, I can use code like this: PowerManager powerManager = (PowerManager)getSystemService(POWER_SERVICE); WakeLock wakeLock = powerManager.newWakeLock(...
99
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12answers
17k views

I've been told that Exceptions should only be used in exceptional cases. How do I know if my case is exceptional?

My specific case here is that the user can pass in a string into the application, the application parses it and assigns it to structured objects. Sometimes the user may type in something invalid. ...
82
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11answers
8k views

How can I make sure that I'm actually learning how to program rather than simply learning the details of a language? [closed]

I often hear that a real programmer can easily learn any language within a week. Languages are just tools for getting things done, I'm told. Programming is the ultimate skill that must be learned and ...

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