Thursday, November 15, 2007

Occam's Coder

When deciding between two or more choices for a style rule in your team's programming style guide, and all of these lead to code that is equally maintainable, prefer the rule you can explain in the fewest words.

"Readability" is also everyone's goal, but fails as a criterion because it is far too subjective.

9 comments:

Eric Burke said...

I've always wondered what it would be like to put some Subversion hooks in place that always reformats code on commit, then programmers can do whatever they want in their working copies. This won't address naming, but it should let us move beyond tabs/spaces/curly braces/etc.

swankjesse said...

I want editable projections!

Curly braces, tabs, closures, and properties are only problematic because the editing form of our code is also the binary form.

Let's build this for Java?

Frederic Simon said...

@eric
You can do that already with IntelliJ and TeamCity. It's not Open Source, but I really hope the concept of "Post-Commit" will appear in open source software.

Gear said...

Hey Kevin,

Google Collections Library is pretty cool, but I don't find any presentation at youtube.com or video.google.com about it.

It would be nice to webcast a presentation about the design of this library as there are many videos about Guice (other cool thing), for example.

Keep the good job!

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