Saturday, 16 October 2010

How to Write Unmaintainable Code

I read this years ago, but still got me laughing like crazy even now =))
some sneak peek :

1. New Uses For Names For Baby
Buy a copy of a baby naming book and you'll never be at a loss for variable names. Fred is a wonderful name, and easy to type. If you're looking for easy to type variable names, try adsf.

2. Single Letter Variable Names
If you call your variables a, b, c, then it will be impossible to search for instances of them using a simple text editor. Further, nobody will be able to guess what they are for. If anyone even hints at breaking the tradition honoured since FRTRAN of using i, j, and k for indexing variables, replacing them with ii, jj and kk, warn them about what the Spanish Inquisition did to heretics.

3. Creative Missspelling
If you must use descriptive variable and function names, misspell them. By misspelling in some function and variable names, and spelling it correctly in others (such as SetPintleOpening SetPintalClosing) we effectively negate the use of grep or CodeWright search techniques. It works amazingly well. Add an international flavor by spelling theater and theatre in different situations.

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