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What are the worst programming habits

Survey period: 7 Jul 2014 to 14 Jul 2014

Inspired by a rant-fest

OptionVotes% 
No comments in code1,05740.95
Terrible variable names1,35752.58
Bad / dangerous code formatting69526.93
Mystery side-effects in code1,07641.69
Using magic numbers64424.95
Leaving commented-out code hanging around too long60923.60
Repeating code (Cut and Paste programming)1,28549.79
Poor program structure1,10742.89
Writing code that assumes a default behaviour67326.08
Swallowing errors95036.81
Not checking input parameters / return values / null testing1,05840.99
Respondents were allowed to choose more than one answer; totals may not add up to 100%



 
Generalconcise guidelines, supporting tools, awareness Pin
Andreas Gieriet13-Jul-14 22:24
professionalAndreas Gieriet13-Jul-14 22:24 
GeneralHow about creating function in order to run a simple query Pin
Mohibur Rashid13-Jul-14 18:00
professionalMohibur Rashid13-Jul-14 18:00 
GeneralC is the worst Pin
John Underhill13-Jul-14 7:22
MemberJohn Underhill13-Jul-14 7:22 
GeneralRe: C is the worst Pin
Mohibur Rashid13-Jul-14 17:57
professionalMohibur Rashid13-Jul-14 17:57 
GeneralRe: C is the worst Pin
Andreas Gieriet13-Jul-14 22:13
professionalAndreas Gieriet13-Jul-14 22:13 
GeneralRe: C is the worst Pin
Austin Mullins14-Jul-14 9:41
MemberAustin Mullins14-Jul-14 9:41 
Some of that is the fault of the language. C has no namespaces, so the standard way to simulate a namespace is to prepend function names with a module abbreviation, like FNR_ in your example. However, it's still expected that the individual functions will have meaningful names within their scope, unlike the hacker who wrote your FNR_0() function. That's just bad practice, not the language.
GeneralOh , Hai Pin
sloppy slim12-Jul-14 23:20
Membersloppy slim12-Jul-14 23:20 
GeneralInteresting selections made Pin
Dennis E White11-Jul-14 9:26
professionalDennis E White11-Jul-14 9:26 
GeneralRe: Interesting selections made Pin
Adam David Hill11-Jul-14 14:28
professionalAdam David Hill11-Jul-14 14:28 
GeneralDue to Variable naming .... i, j ,k ..... Pin
RhishikeshLathe9-Jul-14 23:17
professionalRhishikeshLathe9-Jul-14 23:17 
GeneralRe: Due to Variable naming .... i, j ,k ..... Pin
Dávid Kocsis10-Jul-14 0:58
MemberDávid Kocsis10-Jul-14 0:58 
GeneralRe: Due to Variable naming .... i, j ,k ..... Pin
thatraja10-Jul-14 3:13
professionalthatraja10-Jul-14 3:13 
GeneralRe: Due to Variable naming .... i, j ,k ..... Pin
Andreas Gieriet10-Jul-14 9:44
professionalAndreas Gieriet10-Jul-14 9:44 
GeneralRe: Due to Variable naming .... i, j ,k ..... Pin
Karen Mitchelle10-Jul-14 17:04
professionalKaren Mitchelle10-Jul-14 17:04 
GeneralCopypasta Pin
Jason Hutchinson9-Jul-14 6:15
professionalJason Hutchinson9-Jul-14 6:15 
GeneralNot learning the art of programming Pin
Shameel9-Jul-14 6:06
professionalShameel9-Jul-14 6:06 
GeneralMost of the above options ends up with "Mystery side-effects" in code Pin
Ravimal Bandara8-Jul-14 22:35
MemberRavimal Bandara8-Jul-14 22:35 
GeneralAbout the 1st option Pin
thatraja8-Jul-14 3:24
professionalthatraja8-Jul-14 3:24 
GeneralSpend more time with code cleanup Pin
Swinkaran7-Jul-14 14:24
professionalSwinkaran7-Jul-14 14:24 
GeneralRe: Spend more time with code cleanup Pin
Kornfeld Eliyahu Peter7-Jul-14 21:40
professionalKornfeld Eliyahu Peter7-Jul-14 21:40 
GeneralRe: Spend more time with code cleanup Pin
Keith Barrow8-Jul-14 0:25
professionalKeith Barrow8-Jul-14 0:25 
GeneralRe: Spend more time with code cleanup Pin
PIEBALDconsult8-Jul-14 7:42
professionalPIEBALDconsult8-Jul-14 7:42 
AnswerOh, I checked them all because .. Pin
MacSpudster7-Jul-14 8:21
professionalMacSpudster7-Jul-14 8:21 
GeneralDesert island discs code Pin
Duncan Edwards Jones7-Jul-14 8:04
professionalDuncan Edwards Jones7-Jul-14 8:04 
GeneralRe: Desert island discs code Pin
Swinkaran7-Jul-14 14:27
professionalSwinkaran7-Jul-14 14:27 

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