[erlang-questions] Reassigning variables

mats cronqvist <>
Thu Mar 19 21:12:57 CET 2009


Michael Radford <> writes:

> I totally agree about readability, but I think we need to distinguish
> "readable" code from "elegant" (or aesthetically pleasing) code.
>
> It's similar to the difference between newspaper writing vs. writing a
> novel, or poetry.  Most of the time, commercial software should be more
> like the former -- state the facts in a way that most people can
> understand easily, and get out of the way.  Occasionally, this sort of
> code might turn out to be elegant, but that's not the primary goal.

  Well put. I believe I err on the side of (striving for) elegance,
  possibly because of all the horrible stuff I had to read at a
  previous job.

  mats



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