[erlang-questions] Reassigning variables

Robert Lally <>
Thu Mar 19 17:19:39 CET 2009


I subscribe to the school of thought that code is written primarily for
people to read. It also has to compile, but that's a secondary
consideration.
Readability is directly proportional to the cost of maintaining software. In
a commercial environment readability is vital. In fact, only those with no
commercial constraints can afford to support read-only software.

I'm not suggesting that all commercial companies live up to this ideal. But
those that don't pay a premium for their mistake.


Rob Lally.


2009/3/19 mats cronqvist <>

> Camille Troillard <> writes:
>
> > I find interesting (or curious) how people want to reach aesthetically
> > pleasant code to read. No offense, really, it's just that I don't think
> it
> > leads anywhere useful.
>
>   I find it interesting that readability is regarded as something only
> pointy-headed academics are interested in, and uninteresting in the
> real world of commercial software.
>
>  In my experience, code that is not "aesthetically pleasant" is
> guaranteed to have this property; only its author can find the bugs.
>
>  This is of course not a problem for a hobbyist, or perhaps even a
> compiler writer. But it is the mother of bad software products.
>
>  mats
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