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comments are cool, but have you ever implemented an algorithm before you understood it?
This can be taken two ways:
You're just translating equations to code and are otherwise clueless about its worth
You're not an expert in the algorithm
Decades ago I translated 4th order runge kutta fit into FORTRAN. As I translated the equations to code I had some idea what it was doing but not really very well. Nonetheless, I could still comment whatever wasn't the most obvious coding translation, or where I twisted it around a bit so it was more efficient. What variables I passed as Globals on one end and where they came from on the other. Comments can be improved as you understand or just learn to code better.
codewitch honey crisis wrote:
but I'm sure I can't be the only one who does this.
True - OCD is not a single degree of behavior. It has a smooth implementation. I, for example, really like my curly-braces to be the way I like them (which visually sets off the code blocks as my eyes prefer it). On the other hand, in SQL, I use recid as my identity column. My 'boss' uses rec_id. Our data is very intimately integrated. As Kurt Vonnegut would say: "So it goes." Besides, we can tell each other's tables apart. We also pick up things from one another - change styles and methods if we decide another is better. No one's ever thought to set up rules for the column names.
In fact - I'll use some spin and argue it's better this way: since nothing is an absolute 'given', we're required to pay attention to what we're looking at. Probably saves a lot of profanity down the line.
Don't want to sound philosophical, but a couple of years ago I experienced a back injury that made it impossible to sit or walk normally for 3 months, which meant I couldn't do what I love doing most - i.e. writing code and building software. During that time I was forced to work from home (standing up, with much difficulty) and participate in meetings remotely. It was during those meetings, many of which included animated discussions (and strong feelings) about coding standards, unit testing and other software development related processes, that I realized what was really important. Yes, of course, I'm talking about one's health. It seems as if I had to experience that injury in order to get my priorities right.
I'm still (very) passionate about my craft, but I seemed to have grown a large pair of ears. Today, I tend to be much more sensitive to other people's opinions than ever before. My only regret is, I wish I'd come to this realization earlier. I would've learned so much more from my (much smarter) colleagues.
It's a Catch-22 requirement. The rule is to help people who are unaware of the problem it is intended to solve. As soon as you are aware of the problem, you don't need the rule. As soon as you know the rule, you are aware of the problem so are unlikely to fall foul of it.
Trust me, there's nothing wrong with dropping the source file into the notepad/vi and being able to tell right away whether some variables are member variables or local variables (thanks to conventions) without having to search the whole directory structure for its declaration. Especially if the project is > 1 million lines. Or looking at the equivalent of the namespace diarrhea where your fingers gets tired of searching here and there and comparing trying to put it all together in your head.
I lived in a socialist society and thats my feeling about. Owning means of production is not really essential in socialism, because there arent any profits from it. It brings only responsibilities to maintenance it.
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